The SomnoMed G2 lingual-less oral appliance has received clearance from the FDA.
Krasowski Dental is now utilizing the SomnoMed G2 lingual-less oral appliance for almost all its sleep apnea treatment. This new treatment was cleared by the FDA on May 30, 2012 (510(k) No: K121340), and contains all the features necessary for reimbursement by Medicare.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been the only clinically-recognized treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but in recent years oral appliances have been shown to be just as effective for and more easily tolerated by many patients. In January 2011, Medicare along with many private insurers even began reimbursements for oral appliances.
To be reimbursable by Medicare, an oral appliance must have the following features:
• A hinged or jointed mechanism
• Capable of mandibular advancement
• Adjustable by you and your dentist
• Capable of retaining adjustment when removed
The SomnoMed G2 has these features, so that if a patient meets with Dr. John Krasowski before having a sleep test with qualifying results, reimbursement by Medicare or private insurance is possible.
Dr. Krasowski says of the device, "We prefer SomnoMed because of the excellent results our patients have seen with it. The lingual-less option gives excellent fit and comfort. And the manufacturer backs up the superior construction and durability with a 3 year warranty."
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disturbance that is associated with numerous serious health conditions such as cardiovascular problems and psychological disturbances. According to a 2009 Sleep Medicine article, it affects approximately 20% of US adults, about 90% of whom are undiagnosed.
About Krasowski Dental
Krasowski Dental is a full-service dental office, offering cosmetic, general, and neuromuscular dental services from its office in Wausau, Wisconsin. These services include porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, TMJ treatment, and sleep apnea treatment. Dr. John Krasowski is a 1992 graduate of Marquette University Dental School. He has received extensive additional training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has achieved the prestigious rank of LVI Fellow.