OSA Therapy Choice and Compliance

The two most common therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement splints (oral appliance). These two therapies have similar benefits to patients but differ in comfort, ease of use and compliance levels. Traditionally, CPAP has been the first choice of physicians for treatment of patients with OSA.  Low CPAP compliance rates and high efficacy results for the oral appliance have physicians reconsidering this choice. Studies show that 30 to 50% of CPAP users are noncompliant. In contrast, oral appliance users report nearly 100% compliance. Noncompliant patients are at risk of stroke, obesity, drowsy …

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A Case For The Patient Treatment Pathway For Oral Device Therapy

Featured in the March 2017 edition of Dental Sleep Medicine Insider Magazine is article A Case For The Patient Treatment Pathway For Oral Device Therapy  By Jagdeep Bijwadia: 40% of CPAP users are non-complant. That means that for close to half of all patients being treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, CPAP simply is not a viable solution. The ideal metric for treatment should take into account both the AHI and… read more 

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Increase physician referrals for Dental Sleep by billing In-Network

Has your dental office been speaking and marketing to physicians about oral appliances but receive fewer referrals than expected? One reason may be that you are not contracted as a participating provider with medical insurance. Most insurance companies have taken steps to minimize the use of out-of-network providers, including significantly higher deductibles, higher coinsurance percentages, and even Out-of-Network Consent Policies and patient notification forms. Physicians recognize a discord is created when their patients receive large bills because of using an out of network facility.  Having marketing sleep testing services (Millennium Sleep Lab) to physician offices for several years, one of …

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