Sleep Medicine

DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE (Obstructive Sleep Apnea-OSA)

Dentists are placing orders for custom oral appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) at record rates. While a few years ago dentists were reimbursed by a small number of insurers, today the majority of medical insurance companies cover Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Improved reimbursement for OAT started on Jan. 3, 2011, when Medicare approved reimbursement for sleep apnea oral appliances.

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Medicare, the federal system of health insurance for people over 65 and some individuals with disabilities, had effectively endorsed oral appliances as an accepted treatment for OSA, a very serious condition. Since then, commercial carriers have stepped up by allowing medical insurance coverage for oral appliances. Medicare’s groundbreaking decision — to allow dentists to receive reimbursement — has helped many seniors and health insurance beneficiaries receive treatment for OSA.
Since there is no dental code for oral appliances, these devices are billed through the patient’s medical insurance or Medicare
1. FACT– New study reveals that over 90% of dental practies in the USA have at least 400 patients that are undiagni=osed with some degree of OSA , obstructive sleep apnea.
2. FACT—85% of the nations population are undiagnosed with some degree of sleep apnea.
“Dental sleep medicine is a rapidly evolving and growing field of preventive medicine. It’s a fact that there’s not enough trained dental sleep medicine specialists in the dental community. Dentist learning more about this field will find out how rewarding and exciting this interdisciplinary approach working with the laboratory and their sleep team along with the diagnosis of an ENT specialist could create opportunities to develop new dental interventions to treat clinical situations and improve the health and well-being of patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

Screening, Testing and Treating

If you’re looking to grow your business by adding Dental Sleep Medicine to your practice, there are 3 ways you can become involved: 100% Screening 100% Testing 100% Treating
Dentists are now approved by Medicare to screen test and treat patients with Sleep Apnea with oral appliance. Dentists have an advantage when it comes to educating the public about sleep apnea. Unlike physicians, you routinely see your patients every 3-6 months, placing you the dentist in a unique position to identify mild or moderate potential sleep -disordered breathing problems earlier and in more patients without a CPAP
Sabra Dental Studio sees Dental Sleep Medicine as a smart, viable, and exciting opportunity for dentist’s interested in providing sleep solutions to their patients and expanding their practice. Go to our educational page and see when our next sleep medicine course is available.