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  • EMA® is a simple, patient-friendly oral appliance for noninvasive treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. Sleep Apnea sufferers will often snore or awake gasping for breath. Apnea-related disturbances occur repeatedly, resulting in restless sleep and daytime drowsiness. The disease can cause serious health issues including increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and blood stream. EMA is relatively less expensive than other oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea.

    How it Works

    The primary treatment mechanism of opening the bite and gently moving the mandible forward is achieved using interchangeable elastic straps that offer varying degrees of mandibular advancement. By holding the mandible forward, the EMA maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

    Advantages

    • Simple: Unobtrusive solution for OSA treatment
    • Comfortable: Elastic Straps allow normal lateral movement
    • Affordable: Lower cost than many other Oral Appliance Therapies

    Indications

    •  Snoring
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Contraindication

    • Severe bruxing
    • Edentulous Patient
    • Centric Sleep Apnea

    What to Send

    • Full upper and lower VPS impressions
    • Centric bite registration with 8-10mm anterior opening
    • Maximum Protrusive Measurement

    Insurance Tips

    1. Obtain a copy of the PSG (sleep study) results with a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
    2. Letter of medical necessity
    3. Description of EMA
    4. Informed Consent Form
    5. Referral letter signed by physician
    6. Completed CMS 1500 medical claim form. CMS forms can be purchased online at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ or google "CMS 1500" for a variety of vendors.

    Here are the commonly used Medical codes for OSA:

    • E0486 Oral Appliance to Treat Sleep Apnea
    • Diagnostic code 327.23 Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • 70355 Panoramic X-Ray of Jaws
    • 95806 Sleep Study Unattended
    • 99205 New Comprehensive Exam/Evaluation

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