Do I need to see a medical doctor?
Dentists are licensed to administer at home sleep tests and treat OSA with oral appliance therapy. However, only a certified sleep doctor can diagnose sleep apnea. Most dental offices have a board certified sleep specialist that will review the sleep test results and confirm the presence and severity of OSA.
Will I need to have a sleep test in a sleep lab?
At home sleep testing is now readily available and accepted to determine the presence of sleep apnea. Patients with severe sleep apnea that require a CPAP are often required to have an in-facility sleep test.
Will my insurance cover a RiPPLE plus?
Oral appliances for OSA fall under your medical insurance, durable medical equipment category. Patients must have a sleep test that has been reviewed and diagnosed by an MD, who recommends oral appliance therapy. Most insurances require a preauthorization and some may require a patient to try a CPAP before approving an oral appliance. Please contact your dental office with further questions.
Can I order a RiPPLE retainer online or from a store?
No, the RiPPLE retainer is custom fabricated and can only be provided by a dentist who is a certified RiPPLE provider.
How does the RiPPLE retainer compare to other night guards?
The RiPPLE retainer is the only night guard that guides a patient to their individual, ideal sleep position. The RiPPLE retainer also provides upper and lower retention, so there is no need to decide between your traditional retainer and treating your bruxism. Most over-the-counter or non-custom night guards may actually increase bruxism and are not recommended by most trained dental professionals. See how the RiPPLE and RiPPLE plus compare to other products.