Cost of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and breathing in ways that can permanently harm your health and well-being. When people choose to “tolerate” sleep apnea rather than seek treatment, it is often the result of assuming the associated costs will be too expensive.
Even though conquering the side effects of sleep apnea is priceless, at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, Dr. Ivan F. Stein has worked with patients to find affordable ways to get restful, un-interrupted sleep. He explains the costs you can expect for the most popular treatments.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral sleep appliances are one of the more affordable sleep apnea treatment options. At New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, the cost of an oral appliance is between $1,500 and $3,500 depending on which particular model winds up being the best fit for you.
The cost is reasonable for a durable device that clips onto your teeth in a way that is both easy to wear and does not impair your ability to talk, smile, yawn, etc. The appliance helps keep your airway open for more normal breathing, and the strong majority of patients who try this option stick with it for the long haul as the most pleasant sleep apnea treatment they have found.
Many CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are more expensive than oral appliances, but even those that you can find at a discount are not generally less money in the long run because of the costs associated with upkeep.
Patients are often provided with CPAP as the first option in sleep apnea treatment and, by all means, if it works for you keep it up. However, if you are one of the many patients who find the machine too bulky, annoying and uncomfortable to continue with indefinitely, do not stick by it just because you assume an oral appliance is less affordable.
Doctors will usually want to see that easier options have not proven successful before suggesting surgical procedures to address sleep apnea. It is appropriate to keep it as a last resort based not only on the physical toll surgery can take on you, but the financial toll as well.
Depending on what precisely is blocking your airway, you may be suited for jaw repositioning, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (the removal of tissue on your soft palate) or nasal surgery to straighten your septum.
The costs vary greatly between these procedures, though typically they are tens of thousands of dollars. For most patients, that is more feasible with the assistance of health insurance.
Will Insurance Cover These Costs?
Given that sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, treatment is typically covered either in part or in full by your health insurance, depending on the specific benefits of your plan, of course.
We encourage you to contact your health insurance provider to ask about the particulars of sleep apnea coverage. The team at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions is also available to help you navigate what can often be a complicated system to ensure you do not spend more than you have to in order to get the treatment you deserve. In addition to being an in-network provider for Horizon Blue, we work with all insurance providers, which includes Medicare.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein to determine the best — and most economical — treatment for you, call (855) 949-7667.