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Confidence in a Referral to a Michigan Sleep Network Dentist

Michigan Sleep Network is a leader in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Burton, Dr. Vertin, and Dr. Bastianelli each specialize in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, and primary snoring through oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances, technically referred to as oral mandibular advancement devices, are recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an effective alternative to CPAP and must be fitted by a trained dental professional. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are offered a complimentary consultation to determine if they are candidates for therapy. Our friendly office staff will provide each patient with details about insurance coverage and a treatment plan that aligns with industry best practices.

Are Your Patients Compliant with CPAP?

CPAP and BIPAP remain the gold standards in treatment for sleep disordered breathing. However, poor patient compliance has results in limited health outcomes. Studies have shown between 46-83% of patients being treated with CPAP are non-adherent.

Oral appliance therapy from a qualified dentist is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an appropriate alternative. Patient should be given a choice, when appropriate, as oral appliances can serve as a first line treatment for mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with severe apnea should be encouraged to try CPAP before an appliance.


How Do Oral Appliances Work? 

Custom-made oral appliances advance the lower the jaw forward during sleep to maintain an open airway. A dentist trained in dental sleep medicine is able to select, fabricate, fit, and adjust these devices to help patients with mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea or those suffering from severe snoring.

Michigan Sleep Network dentists use only custom, adjustable oral appliances for treatment. Published studies support these specific appliances as having the most effective impact on lowering AHI, increasing oxygenation, and improving overall symptoms.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine issues treatment protocols & best practices that we strictly adhere to:

  • Complimentary consultation to educate patient on treatment plan
  • Obtain insurance coverage details & necessary authorizations for each patient
  • Reliance on diagnosis of sleep anea by physician & qualified sleep study interpreted by board certified sleep specialist
  • Comprehensive Exam & X-Ray evaluating oral health and dental structures in order to determine candidacy for treatment
  • Series of adjustments based on patient symptoms to acheive optimal titration
  • Ongoing communication with physicians regarding treatment progress
  • Final titration sleep study for objective measurement of treatment success
  • Annual follow-up exams to assess treatment progress and condition of device

What to Expect

    Health Benefits

  • Significantly lower AHI
  • Improve oxygenation during sleep
  • Lower blood pressure; resolve hypertension
  • Decrease cardiovascular risk
  • Improve quality of life

What to Expect When Referring Your Patient

  • Timely initial appointment

  • Courteous staff and clean office
  • High quality & coordination of care

  • Insurance verification & pre-authorizations handled
  • by our staff

Quick Facts on Oral Appliances

  • Can last 5 years or longer

  • Covered by MOST insurance

  • Michigan Sleep Network is Medicare DME participating

  • FDA approved