While TMD is quite common, not many people are aware that they suffer from it. An estimated 10 – 35 million Americans suffer from TMD, with women impacted more often than men—now that’s a lot! When a person suffers from TMD, it is important to seek treatment and be knowledgeable of what options are available so that you can continue to improve your condition while eliminating pain. Let’s take a look at oral appliances for TMD.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy for TMD?
While TMD cannot be completely cured, it can be treated to eliminate pain. The first goal of treatment is to relieve the muscle spasm and pain, in addition to establishing normal range of motion of the lower jaw. At Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine of Georgia, we will work to determine the best oral appliance therapy option for each individual patient.
TMD orthotics resemble sports guards, in which they easily form to the teeth for optimal protection and treatment. While one appliance option works for one patient, it may not work for another patient. This is why we custom create appliances to meet each individual’s needs.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Throughout the day we get asked an array of questions, but one of the most often asked is, “Is oral appliance therapy covered by my insurance?” That is a great question! We’ve been asked this many times before, so we thought we would share the good news with everyone! Yes, oral appliance therapy is covered by most insurance companies.
Fill Out the Doctor Referral
One of the most important steps in getting the appropriate coverage for your treatment is having a doctor referral. The referring doctor will need to print and fill out a referral slip for you before your visit. This referral slip gives permission to treat you for your sleep apnea—something your insurance company will need. And, if a current panorex is available, your doctor will send that along with your referral to firstname.lastname@example.org or provide a legible copy with you at your first visit.
Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on TMD and how oral appliance therapy is covered by your insurance.