It used to be that if you needed to prove you were complying with sleep apnea treatment you had to have CPAP. But now you have other options. Oral appliance therapy offers a more comfortable convenient approach to sleep apnea treatment. And now it comes with compliance recording, too!
If you are looking for a more comfortable, convenient sleep apnea treatment with compliance recording in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with sleep dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.
Why Compliance Recording Matters
Sleep apnea treatment is highly effective, but only if you use it. Doctors recommend sleep apnea treatment, insurance companies pay for it, and employers count on it, but they may demand proof that you’re using it.
Doctors back sleep apnea treatment because they know it’s effective. When an insurance company approves payment for a sleep apnea treatment, they are hoping that paying for it will actually save them money. That’s because they know that treating your sleep apnea will reduce your risk of other serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Employers want you to get treatment for your sleep apnea because they know that what happens at night can have a dramatic impact on your performance during the day. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of workplace accidents. And because your employer might be paying for your health insurance, your compliance status might dramatically impact their insurance rates–and will definitely impact their costs if they are self-insured.
But the area where compliance is the most important is in transportation. Truckers, pilots, and train engineers have all been involved in serious accidents where sleep apnea was partly to blame. Now new regulation aimed at reducing these accidents is requiring more screening and more treatment for sleep apnea–and that means more verification.
In the past, only CPAP offered compliance data, which meant that any time insurance wanted verification you needed to use CPAP. But now that oral appliances can provide compliance recording, you have more options for comfortable, convenient treatment you’ll actually use.
The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy with Compliance Recording
In the past, people who had to have compliance recording were forced to use CPAP. Unfortunately, CPAP is hard to use for many people, because it causes:
- Discomfort from the mask, airflow, or hoses
- Inconvenience with the need for thorough cleaning
- Nuisance with the amount of equipment
- Disruption from claustrophobic nightmares
- Irritation of the skin, including acne
- Difficulty in using it through the night
People can have a hard time either starting to use CPAP in the evening because it’s an ordeal to put on, or they can’t keep using it all night because they either wake with nightmares or discomfort and remove it.
But new compliance recording means that you can enjoy the benefits of oral appliance therapy. You’ll have more comfortable and more convenient sleep apnea treatment.
As a result, you’re more likely to use your treatment more nights. With CPAP, compliance rates are at best around 75%, and some studies show compliance rates of 50% or less. But with oral appliances, compliance rates are much higher.
Not only will this make your doctor, insurance company, and boss happy. Your spouse will be happy because it’s not only controlling your sleep apnea, it’s controlling your snoring. And you’ll be happy because you’ll wake up more rested and you’ll enjoy the long-term health benefits.
If you want to learn more about compliance recording in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.