Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Buyer's Guide | JB Dentistry

Discover Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Buyer's Guide with JB Dentistry

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Welcome to Better Sleep!

Welcome to Jaline Boccuzzi, DMD, AAACD, PA / JBDentistry! We understand that sleep apnea can significantly impact your life and are here to help. Our guide is designed to provide all the necessary information about our Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance, helping you make an informed decision for better sleep and health.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a prevalent and significant sleep disorder characterized by the intermittent cessation of breathing during sleep. Apneas, referred to as interruptions, can manifest frequently within an hour and endure for a duration of ten seconds or longer. Sleep apnea can be classified into two primary types:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Characterized by repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep, leading to disrupted breathing patterns and oxygen deprivation. The most prevalent type of sleep apnea is characterized by an obstruction in the airway, typically occurring when the soft tissue located at the posterior region of the throat collapses and obstructs the passage of air during sleep.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea: Less common; it is characterized by the temporary cessation of breathing during your sleep. The brain’s failure to signal the muscles to breathe is caused by instability in the respiratory control center.

Symptoms and Indicators:

Sleep apnea symptoms can vary but commonly include:

Loud snoring is a common occurrence during sleep.

Episodes of witnessed breathing cessation

  • Episodes of sudden awakenings accompanied by difficulty breathing Waking up with a parched mouth or irritated throat
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Attention problems and irritability

Health Implications:

  • High Blood Pressure: Sleep apnea-induced oxygen drops contribute to elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular strain, thereby significantly heightening the likelihood of developing hypertension.
  • Heart Problems: OSA increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and atrial fibrillation due to repeated oxygen deprivation.
  • Daytime Fatigue: The frequent awakenings associated with sleep apnea make normal, restorative sleep impossible, leading to severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Sleep apnea is common among people with type 2 diabetes, and its presence can affect insulin resistance and glucose control.
  • Metabolic Syndrome: This disorder, which includes high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, and an increased waist circumference, is more common in people with sleep apnea.
  • Complications with Medications and Surgery: Sleep apnea can be a concern with certain medications and general anesthesia. People with sleep apnea may be more likely to experience complications after major surgery because they’re prone to breathing problems, particularly when sedated and lying on their back.
  • Liver Problems: Those with sleep apnea are more likely to show signs of scarring of the liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease).

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Diagnosis of sleep apnea typically involves an overnight sleep study called a polysomnogram or a home sleep apnea test. Treatments for sleep apnea can vary and may include lifestyle changes, breathing devices like CPAP machines, and oral appliances specifically designed for sleep apnea.

Why Choose an Oral Appliance?

Oral appliances are popular for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. Unlike CPAP machines, these devices are small, portable, and easy to use. These devices function by adjusting the position of the jaw to maintain airway patency during sleep.

Our Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance: Features and Benefits

  1. Custom Fit: Each appliance is tailor-made to fit your mouth perfectly, providing comfort and effectiveness.
  2. Portability: Small and discreet, it’s perfect for travel.
  3. Ease of Use: Wear it during sleep – no complex setup is required.
  4. Non-Invasive: A great alternative for those who find CPAP machines cumbersome or uncomfortable.
  5. High-Quality Materials: Made with durable, safe materials designed to last.

How It Works

Our oral appliance gently advances your lower jaw to open the airway. This simple mechanism can dramatically reduce sleep apnea symptoms and improve sleep quality.

Getting Started: The Process

  1. Consultation: Schedule a visit with us for a comprehensive evaluation.
  2. Customization: We take impressions of your teeth to create a perfectly fitting appliance.
  3. Fitting: Once your appliance is ready, we’ll ensure it fits comfortably and teach you how to use it.
  4. Follow-up: Regular check-ups to ensure effectiveness and make any necessary adjustments.

Who Can Benefit?

Most individuals with mild to moderate OSA or those who can’t tolerate CPAP therapy can benefit from our oral appliance. However, it’s essential to get diagnosed by a sleep specialist before considering this treatment.

Care and Maintenance

Caring for your oral appliance is straightforward. Clean it daily with a soft brush and mild soap, and store it in a dry, safe place. Regular check-ups are vital to ensure it remains effective and comfortable.

Insurance and Costs

Understanding the costs associated with your Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance treatment is crucial, and we at Jaline Boccuzzi, DMD, AAACD, PA / JBDentistry are committed to providing transparency and assistance throughout this process.

Typical Costs:

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance is variable and dependent on individual requirements and appliance specifications. The average cost of a high-quality, custom-fitted oral appliance for patients ranges from $1,800 to $3,000. This price range typically includes the initial consultation, the custom fabrication of the appliance, the fitting process, and follow-up visits to ensure the perfect fit and comfort.

Insurance Coverage:

Several dental insurance plans acknowledge the significance of addressing sleep apnea and provide coverage for a portion of the expenses associated with oral appliances. The coverage provided by insurance providers and plans can vary significantly. Certain plans may provide coverage for a significant portion of the expenses, whereas others may only offer coverage for a smaller proportion.

Navigating Insurance Benefits:

We understand that dealing with insurance can sometimes be complex and confusing. Our experienced team is here to assist you every step of the way. We will help you understand your insurance benefits, file claims, and ensure that you maximize your entitled coverage. We can provide a pre-treatment estimate to your insurance company so you will have a clearer idea of your out-of-pocket costs.

Financing Options:

For any costs not covered by insurance or for those without insurance, we offer various financing options to make the treatment more affordable. These options may include payment plans or working with healthcare financing services, allowing you to pay for your appliance over time.

Upfront Cost Information:

Before beginning your treatment, we provide a detailed breakdown of all costs. This transparent pricing policy ensures no surprises, and you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

Investing in Your Health:

While the cost of an oral appliance may seem significant, it’s an investment in your health. Treating sleep apnea can lead to better sleep quality, improved overall health, and a higher quality of life.

Why Choose Jaline Boccuzzi, DMD, AAACD, PA / JBDentistry?

Our team, led by Dr. Jaline Boccuzzi, is committed to providing personalized care. We combine expertise with a patient-centered approach to ensure your journey to better sleep is smooth and successful.


  • How long will it take to get used to the appliance?
    • Most people adjust within a few days to a few weeks.
  • Can I wear it with dentures?
    • Yes, in most cases, but a consultation is necessary.
  • Is the appliance painful?
    • No, it’s designed for comfort, though minor adjustments may be needed.

Contact Us

Are you prepared to initiate the initial action towards improving your sleep quality? Please contact us to schedule a consultation. Our team is available to address any inquiries you may have.