The Panthera D-SAD Classic oral appliance to treat sleep apnea is now eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

Clinicians can now more easily outfit their Medicare patients with the Panthera D-SAD Classic, a nylon 3D-printed oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea and snoring.

The company Panthera Dental received word this week that Medicare will reimburse for their Panthera D-SAD Classic oral appliance using the E0486 HCPCS code. The code may also be used for any other insurers who require PDAC verification.

“We are delighted that US practitioners can now offer our oral appliance therapy under Medicare” Gabriel Robichaud, CEO and co-founder of Panthera Dental, says in a statement. “It’s a milestone, not just for Panthera Dental, but more importantly for Medicare patients who can now receive a treatment that is truly personalized.”

According to the company, the Panthera Dental team uses proprietary software to design the Panthera D-SAD. Using a 3D scan of the stone model or intra-oral scan, each device is designed specifically for each patient.

The device’s mandibular advancement pull mechanism is aligned with the occlusal plane, which has been shown to exert less force than an oblique push/compression design, thereby reducing the risk of patients developing TMJ disorders during treatment, according to the company.

The turn-around time to deliver the Panthera Classic within the United States is 8 days. The device comes with a 36-month warranty, which promises to replace any appliance that breaks during normal use.

“Our aim has always been to improve provider’s experience with oral appliances and to put our leading technology and in- house dental expertise to work to build efficiencies within their practices. We look forward to help them treat even more patients in the future,” Robichaud says.