Frequently Asked Sleep Apnea Questions – Mesa, AZ

Our Team Answers Your Questions

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When it comes to sleep apnea treatment, we understand that it may raise a lot of questions. This is why we are always prepared to provide honest and transparent answers to help you feel more confident about your decision to take charge of your sleep. While we have various questions and answers listed below, we do encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with our team at GoTo Sleep Center - Mesa to learn more.

Is a sleep study necessary?

Yes, a sleep test or sleep study is necessary if you are looking to receive a professional-grade oral appliance. There are many you can purchase over the counter at your local drugstore; however, these are unlikely to fit correctly and may not produce the results you desire. If you have yet to undergo a sleep test, you are welcome to visit our page to learn more about how you can get started.

Will it be difficult adjusting to my new sleep appliance?

You can expect there to be a short adjustment phase when receiving your new sleep appliance. The reason is that it is a foreign object inside your mouth, so your jaw, teeth, tongue, and oral tissues will need time to become familiar with the new device. Fortunately, this should only take a few days or even one week.

When can I expect to receive my oral appliance?

Many patients think they will receive their new oral appliance the same day; however, it takes time to create these customized devices. After capturing impressions of your smile, we will send the model off to a lab, where technicians will fabricate the appliance based on the specifications provided. The entire process of effective sleep apnea treatment, from beginning to end, can take several weeks. Once it is ready, you will return to undergo a fitting to ensure that it feels comfortable inside your mouth. After several weeks of use, you will return for a follow-up appointment to determine if any adjustments are required.

Will dental insurance cover the cost of sleep apnea treatment?

Oral appliances are considered medical devices, so they will not be covered by dental insurance. Instead, our team will help you to navigate the details of your medical insurance plan, as many offer coverage for this type of treatment. During your consultation, a member of our team will discuss this with you so that you have a clear understanding of what your policy states as well as how much you can expect to pay before starting treatment.

How much will my initial appointment cost?

You’ll be pleased to learn that we do not charge for a consultation. Instead, you can visit our Mesa sleep center and receive a free consultation with one of our board-certified sleep doctors. During this visit, we will go over the symptoms you’re experiencing as well as perform a thorough examination to determine the severity of your sleep apnea. Based on our findings, we will craft a personalized treatment plan so that you know what to expect should you choose to pursue care from our qualified team.

Why is a sleep appliance better than a CPAP machine?

Many sleep dentists offer oral appliances instead of CPAP machines because of their success rate, comfort, and user-friendly ability. However, these devices are not always best for certain individuals. Those who suffer from severe sleep apnea may require the use of a CPAP to achieve better rest and improved breathing at night. The good news, however, is that if you are unhappy with your CPAP or do not like the bulkiness of the device, there is hope with the help of a customized oral appliance.