FAQs

Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

In general terms, sleep apnea is a condition whereby the patient does not get enough oxygen while they sleep.  This may be cause by any number of physiologic and neurologic conditions. Mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be successfully treated with either an oral appliance, or CPAP.

What are the Potential Consequences if Treatment for Sleep Apnea is Ignored?

Neglect in treating sleep apnea may result in life threatening medical disorders. Not pursuing treatment may lead to morning headaches, impotence, gastro esophageal reflux, nocturnal bruxism, ED, and mortality. Cardiovascular effects may include, hyopertension,  high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart attack, stroke, increased cholesterol, and atherosclerosis

 

ApneaRx Information

How Does ApneaRx Work?

ApneaRx works by a technique called ‘mandibular repositioning’ in which it advances and holds the lower jaw in a slightly forward position so that the airway is opened. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and sleep apnea. ApneaRx is unique in that it allows the patient to micro-adjust the advancement of the jaw in 1 millimeter increments at any time for optimal clinical effectiveness and comfort.

Is ApneaRx covered by insurance?

ApneaRx is classified under Medicare code E0845 which is also reimbursed by many private insurers. Since all insurance plan benefits vary and change over time, the patient’s insurance provider should be contacted to confirm its coverage policies. If not reimbursed, the price of ApneaRx in many cases is less than the co-pay deductibles of most insurance plans.

What is ApneaRx’s Guarantee?

ApneaRx is unconditionally guaranteed for a full refund within 30 days from the purchase date.

Does ApneaRx Require a Prescription?

In the United States, a prescription is required to retrieve an ApneaRx. FDA classifies ApneaRx as a Class II medical device which requires a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. Sleep MDs, ENTs, nurse practitioners and dentists are qualified to prescribe ApneaRx. All US orders must submit an accompanying prescription by fax (949)315-3585 or email customer.service@apnearx.com to complete their order.

 

Preparation & Adjustment

Is ApneaRx Easy to Fit?

ApneaRx can be fit to your teeth in the comfort of your home in under 10 minutes using a ‘Boil & Bite’ process. The device includes step-by-step instructions that further explain the process. In addition, we have provided video instructions on our website. Please read all of the instructions prior to proceeding with this process. Your medical professional may also help you fit the ApneaRx if you find it necessary.

How does the adjustment work?

To begin using the device we suggest you wear it at the factory setting of 3mm for three to five days for several hours. This gives your body time to acclimate to having it in your mouth. Then wear it at night and when you wake up simply take it out.  After 4-6 days most people sleep through the night successfully. If the patient is not feeling they are receiving a better nights rest or is still snoring then the setting should be advanced to 4mm then to 5mm and greater as needed. The idea is to increase the settings until the patient finds a setting that provides a quality nights rest. Each setting should be worn a minimum of three to five nights prior to re-adjusting. Most patients wear the device at a setting of either 3mm, or 4mm.

How Long Does it Take to adjust to ApneaRx?

Typically, the adjustment period takes about 3-5 nights of consistent use. It is perfectly normal for your jaw, teeth and gums to feel moderately sore and fatigued at first. This discomfort is much like getting braces, or a retainer for the first time. However, it is not normal to experience severe, sharp or ongoing pain. If this occurs please discontinue use and consult your medical professional.

Can I Breathe through My Mouth while Wearing ApneaRx?

Yes! ApneaRx lets you breathe completely naturally, through your mouth and nose. We recommend you do not buy any device that restricts breathing through your mouth or nose.

 

Usage & Cleaning

How Do I Clean my ApneaRx?

Clean ApneaRx with a toothbrush and toothpaste. An ultrasonic cleaner is best. Denture tablets are recommended periodically to clean the areas your toothbrush cannot reach.

How Do I Store my ApneaRx?

Store your cleaned ApneaRx in the provided case in a cool dry place. Always ensure the device is dry prior to placing it in the case. This ensures that it will retain its shape and prevent accidental damage.

How Often Should ApneaRx be Replaced?

Each ApneaRx undergoes normal wear and tear through the course of use. We recommend replacing the unit every 6-12 months. Some individuals grind their teeth (bruxism), more than others and therefore may need to replace it more often.

 

Factors & Considerations

Can I wear ApneaRx with a bridge or dentures?

We do not recommend ApneaRx based on this pathology and advise users to consult their dentist.

I have teeth implants. Can I use ApneaRx?

Individuals who have had implants within the last 12 months are not typically candidates for ApneaRx. Implants that have had 12 months or longer to ossify are not an issue and ApneaRx may be worn.

Can I wear ApneaRx with braces or retainers?

ApneaRx is not recommended for patients that are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. We would ask that you consult your orthodontist before purchasing, or using ApnearRx.

Does ApneaRx Cause TMJ?

While the ApneaRx is not recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ, it does not cause TMJ. Unlike other products that lock your jaw into a setting, ApneaRx’s design provides micro calibration to insure against TMJ. If your jaw feels uncomfortable, just reduce the advancement of ApneaRx until you are more comfortable. It pain continues, discontinue use immediately and contact your health care professional.