Frequently Asked Questions:
How well do they work?
A large numer of medical associations now endorse Dental Therapy as a first-line treatment for OSA.
But any therapy only works well if it is actually used.
CPAP therapy, when properly set up and used can provide highly effective treatment but a lot of people cannot tolerate the restriction of the face mask or the feel of the forced air. As a result many stop using it after some months.
People who are given oral appliances to treat sleep apnoea, on the other hand, are far more likely to stick with the treatment.
How long will they last?
They usually last four to five years. If you clench or grind your teeth you might wear out your appliance in a couple of years but in that time it will be doing its job and also helping to protect your teeth and dental work.
Are they comfortable?
Most people, finding the devices surprisingly comfortable, adapt to them within a night or two. They say that waking refreshed and with a happy partner more than makes up for any initial discomfort!
Are there any side effects?
There can be minor side effects such as excessive saliva and pressure on teeth and jaw but most are temporary and disappear within a day or two. Most people experience no detrimental side effects at all.
Will I need to use one forever?
You may make changes to your weight that will make the use of the device unnecessary, you may find a different sleep position that will be effective or through use of the device your sleep may improve and your energy levels rise giving you the incentive to make lifestyle changes.
What will the costs be?
The cost of the consultation (item 015) is $126.00 with 1-2 relevant radiographs (item 036 and 037) to a maximum total of $341.00 for the appointment.
Costs vary with the type of treatment implemented. For mandibular advancement splints the item numbers used to cover the treatment are:
- 015 – Extended consultation
- 071 x 2 – Upper and lower study models
- 963 - Occlusal analysis
- 964 - Mounting of Diagnostic models
- 984 - Oral appliance for treatment of snoring and OSA, upper and lower arch
- 966 - Adjustment of Appliance
- A co - payment will be required with most health funds
Positional Treatment for treatment of OSA
- $40 for trial
- $275 to Purchase
At this appointment you will be advised if you require any specific general dental care prior to the placement of the oral applicance. Should dental treatment we required you will be referred back to your general dentist. If, however, you do not have a regular dentist, Absolute Dental delivers all aspects of dentistry, including restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry.