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How Does Dental Insurance Work with Sleep Apnea in Denver?

June 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — altitudeofs @ 8:38 pm

woman smiling sleeping peacefullyOver 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea in Denver, a condition that deprives them of proper rest and leaves them feeling constantly drained, lethargic and unable to focus. The good news is that there is help available from your local sleep dentist. Before proceeding, though, you need to know how your therapy will be covered. As you read on, get the answers you’re looking for so you can move ahead with receiving the care you need!

Health Insurance Coverage for Your Sleep Study

While the coverage of sleep apnea treatment can vary depending on the provider, most companies are consistent about providing coverage for sleep tests that help in diagnosing sleep apnea. To find out for sure, though, you’ll need to review your plan or contact your insurer.

Is Coverage Available for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

In most cases, if sleep apnea treatment is covered, insurance companies will first require you to attempt therapy with a CPAP machine, which is a three-part device that consists of a base unit, tube and mask. Its function is to force air into the throat while you sleep. While it’s an effective form of treatment, some patients find it to be difficult.

An alternative is to receive a custom-designed oral appliance that helps to shift the jaw while sleeping to keep the throat open. As mentioned above, you’ll likely have to try out the CPAP route first. Then, if it’s not manageable, there may be coverage available for an oral appliance.

How is Sleep Apnea Treatment Covered?

The treatment of sleep apnea with an oral appliance is unique in that although it’s administered by an oral surgeon in Denver, it’s not uncommon for it to be covered by medical instead of dental insurance. As mentioned before, the best way to find out for sure is to review your policy and contact your insurer.

Here are some of the details to be on the lookout for:

  • The deductible amount
  • Preauthorization requirements
  • The copayment amount or percentages
  • Whether the yearly deductible has been met

Contact Your Sleep Dentist

Sleep apnea is a condition that shouldn’t be ignored, as it can contribute to a host of serious health problems if not treated, like heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity and complications with diabetes. Therefore, if you’ve noticed daytime fatigue, irritability, depression, lost libido, morning throat soreness or headaches, then it could be a sign of sleep apnea.

To get the relief you need, contact your sleep dentist today!

About the Author

Dr. Brian Fangman earned his dental degree from Ohio State University. He then went on to complete his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the Nassau University Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Fangman maintains professional membership with the Colorado Dental Association, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and many others. He helps patients sleep better at Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, and he can be reached for more information through his website.

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