Q: What is an oral appliance

A: An oral appliance is similar to a retainer. It fits over your teeth to support the jaw and keep your airway open while you sleep.

Q: Are oral appliances an effective treatment option?

A: Oral appliance therapy is just as effective as CPAP when it comes to treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Additionally, oral appliance therapy can treat severe OSA for those who are intolerant to CPAP.

Q: Will an oral appliance help me?

A: Oral appliances are especially helpful for younger patients with a low BMI and AHI who are within a normal weight range.

Q: How do mandibular advancement appliances (MAD) work?

A: MAD opens the airway by protruding the mandible, the bone that forms the lower jawline and helps hold the teeth in place. By holding the teeth and soft tissue in place, MAD keeps the airway from being obstructed.

Q: How do I choose the correct appliance for me?

A: Dr. Wilk will help you pick an appliance that treats your specific needs and fits comfortably in your mouth. The appliance will be fitted specifically to you and your unique anatomy.

Q: How long do they last?

A: Our appliances have a 3-year warranty and most insurance will cover a replacement every 3-5 years. How long the device itself lasts varies on its design.

Q: How do I know it’s working?

A: After your device has been fitted, you can take a home sleep test to make sure it is working effectively.

Q: Will my insurance pay?

A: Most medical insurance companies will pay for your oral appliance therapy, but it is important to check; we will also let you know exactly what you will be paying and what your insurance will cover before we move forward with treatment. Ay Denver Sleep Apnea Center, all major medical plans are in-network so your benefits will be maximized.

Q: Do oral appliances change my bite?

A: Although this is possible, we use devices that will likely not cause an adjustment in your bite. We also take a full set of photos at your first appointment and will compare your current bite to that baseline at each appointment. We will also give you a variety of exercises you can use to help maintain your normal bite.