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Snore-stopping mouthpiece may now be covered by your insurance company

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

If you or your spouse are snorers, then paying attention to this report could put an end to having to listen to that late night snoring.

More insurance companies, and even Medicare, are now covering an easy-to-use device for people with sleep apnea.

For two months, Linda Hibbeler has been using a small mouthpiece to solve her snoring and sleep apnea problems

"It has freed me up wonderfully," she says.

Before that, she slept tied to a C-Pap machine. The machine made sure she got enough oxygen, but it wasn't always comfortable or convenient when she was on the go.

"This is awesome. Traveling with it, going anywhere you want... put it in at night, take it out in the morning and you're good to go," says Linda.

It's molded to fit her upper and lower teeth. The doctor adjusts it as needed.

"He adjusts [the mouthpiece] and will be pulling my jaw out to where he knows it's supposed to be. So, when I lay down, my jaw won't fall back and close off my airways," Linda explains.

While the mouthpiece is a problem solver for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, doctors say the C-Pap machines are still the best treatment option for people with severe sleep apnea or other pre-existing conditions.

"Such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, that makes it almost necessary to use a C-Pap device," says Dr. Raghavendra Ghuge.

Dr. Ghuge evaluates the severity of patients' sleep apnea, before deciding if the mouthpiece is right for them.

"If a decision is made to put the mandibular advancement device in, it's made the same day and they can go home with the equipment," he says.

Linda shared the good news with her husband who has also made an appointment to see the doctor.

"I'm hoping that this will be the perfect device for him, and there'll be no snoring anymore. There's none on my side now, so hopefully we won't have any on his side soon," says Linda.

Dr. Ghuge says when a sleep doctor prescribes the mouthpiece, it is considered a medical device and is covered under most people's health insurance. He says Medicare has been covering it for less than a year. Ghuge says the device was approved by the FDA approximately two years ago.

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