This page is intended for health care professional to learn more about snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and technical information on our products as well as ordering information. Patient should visit our Patients page here.
Distar has been in business since 1987 and has set out to be the doctors’ source for information on snoring and mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). We strive to provide you with the support you need to effectively treat and screen for your patients snoring problems as well has help you add another valuable dimension to your practice.
The public is becoming more and more aware of the dangers of sleep apnea and are realizing snoring can be a lot more serious that and just annoying habit. Television news, national newspapers and magazines are running numerous articles on the dangers of sleep apnea, and you can be sure your patients are seeing these stories!
The most common reason patients don’t get help for their snoring is because they don’t know who to ask!
Treating Sleep Disorders In Your Practice
of Dental Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy should be the first line of treatment for mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea when CPAP is not an option or is no longer tolerated.
For 60 million Americans, snoring represents a serious problem that can cause medical problems such as; hypertension, stroke and even cardiac arrest. The simple fact is, is that 40% of all snorers suffering from some form of sleep apnea.
As you know the “gold” standard for treating snoring and sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Air Pressure or CPAP. CPAP machines are usually only prescribed by a medical physician and the patient almost always has had a full Polysomnogram study done, before being recommended for a CPAP machine. The TheraSnore oral appliances were designed not to take the place of CPAP, but to be used when CPAP is not an option or tolerated by the patient. The TheraSnore appliances are for people who have simple snoring or those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. All of the custom TheraSnore appliances are an easy, effective, affordable way for the dentist or physician to offer a treatment for a serious problem.
The dentists role in treating snoring a sleep apnea is an important one and the dentist is often the first person the patient goes to, to ask for help. Click here for a study done on the effectiveness of the Adjustable TheraSnore and the dentist’s role.
The TheraSnore Appliances
Hundreds of thousands of patients in 39 countries around the world have found that the TheraSnore appliance is the answer to their snoring and sleep apnea problems.
Distar offers a variety of oral appliances for you to choose from, so that the appliance works best for your and your patient. All of Distar’s oral appliances are custom made for each patient and it is up to you, the doctor to decide which a custom chair-side fit applianc you prefer (The Original TheraSnore or The Adjustable TheraSnore).
Custom Fit Chair-Side Appliances
The Original TheraSnore is a custom one piece oral appliance that utilizes a greater vertical opening and sturdy design. The Original TheraSnore was introduced in 1987 and has been a staple to the TheraSnore family of appliances. FDA 510(k) approved for snoring the prime indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Because of its unique design, the Original TheraSnore is what is recommended for patients who grind their teeth heavily (brux). This appliance is slightly smaller in size when compared to the Adjustable TheraSnore, and may offer more comfort for patients who are sensitive to sleeping with an oral appliance. Like the Adjustable TheraSnore, the Original TheraSnore has a high success rate for the treatment of simple snoring and mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This appliance has a life span of 1-2 years, however if proper care is taken, it can last much longer. We have heard of patients have their appliance for 6 years before needing a new one!! This appliance is fit entirely in your office in 30-45 minutes, patients can take it home the same day they are fit!
The Adjustable TheraSnore was introduced at the American Dental Associations annual meeting in 1997 and has been Distar’s most popular appliance ever since. The Adjustable TheraSnore is fit in the doctor’s office in 30-45 minutes, and many people see positive results the first night and the Adjustable TheraSnore is 93% effective in treating mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and simple snoring. FDA 510(k) approved for snoring and mild to moderate OSA.
The Adjustable TheraSnore is a custom chair side fit two-piece appliance that can be adjusted in 1.5mm increments. The appliance is entirely fit in the doctors office there is no need for laboratories, impressions or models need to fit. Adjustments can be made in just seconds without the need to completely re-fit the appliance.
For more information on any of our appliances visit our Products page
Getting Started With The TheraSnore Program
At tradeshows, seminars, and in telephone conversations, many dentists and physicians tell us that they want to try the Adjustable TheraSnore on themselves first before they recommend the appliance to their patients. Distar has developed the Adjustable TheraSnore Starter Kit in order for doctors to try the program risk free* and to try an appliance on themselves first.
One of the most common reasons patients don’t get help for their snoring is because they do not know who to ask. The Adjustable TheraSnore Starter Kit includes everything your office would need to let your patients know you provide treatment for snoring and OSA.
Included in each Starter Kit:
4- Adjustable TheraSnore Patient Packs
(3 Standard, 1 Small)
Patient Pack includes:
- Adjustable TheraSnore appliance
- Storage Case
- Ortho Fresh Cold Water Cleaner
- Cleaning Brush
4 - Additional Bottles of Ortho Fresh
3 - Educational Videos (CDROM, DVD)
- Introduction to Snoring and Sleep Apnea
- Fitting the Adjustable TheraSnore
- ThereSnore for a Soundless Sleep (Patient Info)
Kit also includes:
1- Fitted Sample with Display model
500 - Billing or Statement Stuffers
100 - Patient Information Brochures
50 - Teaser Stickers for Health Forms
6 - "This Office Treats Snoring" Buttons
2 - Full Color Counter Top Posters
1 - Fitting And Reference Manual
1 - Package of Reline Material
1 - Appliance Heating Mug
With the Adjustable TheraSnore Starter Kit, we strongly recommend you take one of the patient packs and fit yourself. This fitting will show you how easy the Adjustable TheraSnore is to fit and how well it works.
For answers to commonly asked questions about the TheraSnore appliances visit our FAQ Section Here
It does not do you, your patient, or Distar any good, if the TheraSnore appliances just sit on the shelf and collect dust! That is why included in every Starter Kit is a Reference and Fitting Manual, in this manual are the printed fitting instructions as well as tips and recommendations on how you can let your patients know about the treatment you provide. We have seen that doctors who actively use and promote TheraSnore in their office fit 4-6 appliances a week, and the average patient fee is from $450-$650!
TO ORDER YOUR STARTER KIT!
** If at the end of 90 days you feel the TheraSnore Starter Kit is not right for your office, please call for a Return Authorization Label (packages will not be accepted without this label). Then send back all of the contents of the Starter Kit, including any appliances you have already fit and we will refund or credit the purchase price of the kit.
Screening patients for snoring and OSA is an important step when deciding which treatment option is best for your patients. Most dentists and physicians start with the simple Epworths Sleepiness Scale test. This simple questionnaire helps give the doctor a better idea of the patients sleep habits and if either further screening is needed or which treatment option to pursue.
As the public becomes more aware of the dangers of snoring and OSA, insurance companies are recognizing the treatment and screening options available and are starting to cover them in their plans.
Distar is always reviewing our dental and medical insurance codes and updating our lists. Of course coverage will depend on the type of insurance coverage the patient has and the state you are in.
These codes are to the best of our knowledge accurate. Keep in mind however, that different insurance companies may use different codes. If you are not sure which codes to use call the insurance company, and if applicable, explain the treatment is medically necessary. They may give you a code on which they are more likely to pay. A cover letter describing the treatment for the patient is also helpful when sending in the claim, or if you have a referral letter from a physician, sleep lab study or other pertinent documentation may be included with the claim.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
You can download the MSDS information for the following products.
Adjustable TheraSnore™ and Original TheraSnore™
Ortho Fresh™ cold water cleaner
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