Oral Appliance Treats Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Richard Gawel

The Glidewell Dental Oasys Hinge Appliance mandibular advancement device is designed to treat patients with snoring as well as mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It gently shifts the lower jaw forward during sleep to activate the airway muscles and ligaments and prevent the airway from collapsing.

Custom-made for each patient for maximum comfort throughout the night, the Oasys Hinge Appliance is adjustable in 0.25-mm increments with up to 10 mm of advancement based on the patient’s needs. Its telescope-style hinge is designed for natural jaw movement and can be adjusted chairside or at home. 

An estimated 50% of US adults snore, and 30% of people are habitual snorers,” said Randy Clare, director of brand and product management at Glidewell Dental. “In addition, adults over the age of 65 are at an increased risk of OSA, which can be very serious if left untreated. Two common symptoms of OSA include loud, chronic snoring and daytime sleepiness.” 

Glidewell Dental also notes that the quality of sleep has a dramatic impact on patients’ health, well-being, and overall quality of life. Snoring and OSA disrupt patients’ sleep and can increase the risk of several health problems, such as heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and diabetes. 

The Oasys Hinge Appliance is cleared for Medicare and Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding under code E0486 to treat patients with mild to moderate OSA, qualifying patients with Medicare insurance for reimbursement, making treatment affordable and easy, Glidewell Dental says. 

“Oral appliance therapy is a simple and effective method for achieving a more restful night’s sleep, resulting in renewed energy during the day,” said Clare. “As dentists welcome more integrative solutions for treating patients, the Oasys Hinge Appliance will become the go-to sleep device to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.”

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