Is a dental device comfortable?

Most people easily adapt to wearing a dental sleep device at night. After wearing the device for a short period of time it will become part of your routine, and most people will hate to go to sleep without it after they realize how much better they feel in the morning.

Compliance rates for dental sleep therapy are much higher than for other forms of non-surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (learn about obstructive sleep apnea here). In other words, patients are much more likely to use a dental device successfully than any other form of treatment. Most scientific studies show that up to 95% of individuals will comfortably wear their devices nightly.

Can my physician or regular dentist make my dental device?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental sleep devices as a first line of treatment option for anyone who has mild to moderate apnea and for anyone (even patients with severe apnea) who cannot tolerate CPAP. The AASM states that these devices should be made by a dentist who has had specialty training in the field of sleep medicine. This prohibits physicians from making the dental devices, and your device should only be made by dentists with proper training.

How long do dental sleep devices last?

Longevity of dental sleep devices is highly dependent on the person using the device, and depends on the specific device made, forces placed on the device, and your care of the device. If the device is well-maintained, it should easily last for two to five years before needing to be replaced. Most medical insurance providers will pay for construction of a new dental sleep device every two years and their longevity can be from one to many years in length

Is dental device therapy covered by my medical insurance?

Many times the cost for your dental sleep therapy is covered or supplemented by medical insurance (not dental insurance). Morningstar Sleep Solutions is trained and experienced to help you obtain your maximum medical benefits at minimum cost to you.

Do I need a custom device and why can’t I just order one off TV?

Substantial scientific evidence indicates that custom-made adjustable dental sleep devices are far more effective and comfortable than self-fitting, “boil and bite” devices that sometimes appear on television commercials. The self-fitting devices are typically much larger, which decreases their effectiveness because the device may actually obstruct your airway during sleep. Most “as seen on TV” self-fitting devices are not adjustable, which can lead to discomfort and pain. Successful dental sleep therapy is extremely dependent on precise adjustments of the dental sleep device. Without this ability to finely adjust the device, treatment success rates drop dramatically.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and life threatening medical disorder. It is unwise to treat obstructive sleep apnea or any other serious medical problem without proper medical supervision and guidance. Failure to seek medical supervision and ‘do it yourself’ can have serious medical risks, and can lead you to believe the problem is fixed when in fact it is not. 

If I have TMJ (jaw) problems can I still wear a dental sleep device?

The answer to this question is unique for each patient, but most patients who have TMJ (jaw joint) problems can be treated successfully with a dental device. Many people incorrectly believe that they are not candidates for a dental sleep device if they have TMJ or jaw disorders. In some instances dental sleep devices not recommended when certain TMJ or jaw disorders are present, but often these problems will not prevent treatment with dental sleep devices. Use of some dental appliances can sometimes even improve TMJ symptoms.

For the cases where there are TMJ and jaw concerns, there are several types of dental sleep devices available that don not move the jaw forward and have little effect on the jaw joint.