Glidewell’s Silent Nite sleep appliance is now eligible for Medicare reimbursement under code E0486, making the mandibular advancement device more accessible to patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Introduced in 1996, the Silent Nite sleep appliance treats snoring and OSA by gently shifting the lower jaw forward in a therapeutic position during sleep, which activates the airway muscles and ligaments to prevent the airway from collapsing. The appliance is flexible, thin, and designed to be comfortable for all-night wear.

“We’re thrilled that the Silent Nite Sleep Appliance is now available to treat Medicare-enrolled patients diagnosed with OSA,” says Glidewell founder and president Jim Glidewell in a release. “It’s a tribute to our world-class R&D and preventive care teams, who continue to steadily advance the dental sleep medicine landscape. We’re committed to making oral appliance therapy more practical for clinicians—so they can improve the lives of their patients.”

Clinicians in this space desire appliances that are effective, affordable, and PDAC-approved, according to a release from Glidewell. The Silent Nite appliance encompasses 27 years of clinical success and is Glidewell’s most affordable sleep appliance.

Key features of the Silent Nite sleep appliance:

·         PDAC contractor-verified for Medicare reimbursement code E0486

·         Fast turnaround time of only three days in the lab

·         Backed by a three-year warranty

·         Low cost increases access to care

·         Each case includes extra connectors in various sizes and an AM Aligner to aid patients in exercising and realigning the jaw after nighttime mandibular advancement

This is the second PDAC-approved option in the Silent Nite portfolio. In 2022, the Silent Nite with Glidewell Hinge was introduced as part of Glidewell’s family of sleep solutions. The company currently offers accredited continuing education courses to help dentists successfully integrate dental sleep medicine into their practice.

Photo caption: Silent Night sleep appliance

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