Sleep Apnea FAQs
What causes sleep apnea?
One of the most common forms of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), which is caused by obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. As you relax into sleep, they can block air’s path to the lungs, causing you to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer and resulting in interrupted sleep throughout the night.
What is it that you offer to help with Sleep Apnea and snoring?
Dr. Nauman makes a custom oral appliance that is a dental device that fits securely to your teeth like a nightguard. The appliance is specifically designed to hold your lower jaw in a forward position, and by doing so, it holds your tongue forward and out of your airway to prevent apnea and snoring.
Does the appliance work with an underbite or overbite?
Yes, but each individual is unique, so Dr. Nauman will help determine the effectiveness during your consult.
How much does a consult with Dr. Nauman cost?
We are in-network with a number of insurance providers. We will fully utilize your benefits so the standard copay is the only out-of-pocket expense.
Do you take my insurance?
Yes! Every medical insurance plan is different, so our billing specialists will research your plan, handle all the paperwork, and minimize the insurance hassle for you.
Will my medical insurance cover the appliance?
This is a dental solution for a medical problem, so medical insurance (not dental insurance) will cover treatment with a dental appliance. Every medical insurance plan is different, so we will research your plan and handle all the paperwork for you.
How much will this cost?
Cost depends on appliance selected, severity of apnea, and insurance plan. Our-of pocket costs depend on your medical benefits, deductibles, and co-insurance amounts. By coming to our office, we will fully utilize your medical insurance benefits as we are in-network with most major insurance plans.
Where are you located?
Our address is:
9840 E 81st St, Suite 101
Tulsa, OK 74133
Conveniently located on 81st Street between Mingo Rd & Hwy 169.
Is this a dental office?
Yes! As a dentist, Dr. Nauman knows the anatomy of the mouth and jaw unlike most general physicians. Therefore, it is natural that a dentist can provide this dental solution for a medical problem.
What are your hours for appointments?
We see patients Monday-Thursday from 8:00-4:00, but Dr. Nauman will work around those hours by appointment.
Will you need my sleep study?
If you have already had a sleep study, we will just need the name of where you had the study done and then we will track it down. We do need the study to know severity of apnea and other related factors to best treat your apnea.
Will you handle the medical insurance filing for me?
Yes, we'll find out your insurance benefits, get the insurance authorization, and maximize your insurance benefits to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. We have the insurance specialists to make the financial side as painless as possible.
Are you in-network or out-of-network with medical insurance?
We are in-network with most major medical insurance carriers.
I drive a truck and don't want this on my record. Is that possible?
There are options of having sleep studies done where the diagnosis won’t appear on your record. Dr. Nauman can discuss options with you at your consult.
Are you sure I called the right place? The phone was answered by a dental office.
Yes! We are a dental office that focuses on the treatment of sleep apnea with a dental device.
I've never been tested for apnea, can you still help?
Yes! We can do a breathing evaluation screening test to help determine if we need to send you to a local sleep lab for an overnight sleep study. There are several options we will discuss at your consult.
What does "oral appliance" mean?
An oral appliance is best described as a device like a football mouthpiece (except with a completely different design). The appliance is made to hold your lower jaw forward. Your tongue is attached to your lower jaw, and by holding the jaw forward the appliance also holds your tongue out of your airway so that you can breathe at night.
I just snore. Can you test for apnea as well?
Yes, we have several options for you that are simple and can be evaluated at home first. We will discuss these at your consultation.
How long will it take to get an appliance to treat my apnea?
It typically takes 3-4 weeks to get insurance approval and 3-4 weeks to get the appliance back from the lab. If you would like to rush your case, it is an additional $150.
Why didn't your office call me back right away about my screening test?
If we determine that you need a breathing evaluation screening, we will have you sleep with a testing unit at home and then return it to us the next day. It can take up to a week for us to get the results and call you back.
I want an alternative to the CPAP for traveling or camping. Will insurance cover the appliance if I keep my CPAP?
In most cases, yes. We have numerous patients that we make appliances for so that they can travel and camp without their CPAP.
What is dual therapy?
In some more severe cases of sleep apnea, we use a combination of the CPAP and the appliance to allow for maximum effectiveness. By sleeping with an oral appliance, the airway is held open and the CPAP pressure usually does not need to be as high.
I've heard it called a CPAK and CPAP. Which is it and what does it stand for?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and it is a machine that blows a steady stream of air through a hose and mask to keep your airway open.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Reflux or GERD
- Teeth worn from grinding or clenching
- Sore throat
- Excessively tired or exhausted during the day
- Falling asleep easily during the day
- Morning headaches
- Changes in mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of depression
How is sleep apnea treated?
The most comfortable treatment that patients comply with best is an oral appliance. Your custom-made appliance will help you keep airways clear while you sleep so you can breathe easily, without snoring or waking up repeatedly throughout the night.
Why do people snore?
Sleep apnea and snoring often have the same cause—obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. The sound we associate with snoring is the sound of air trying to get to the lungs.