Cost Effective Quality Care Has Never Been Safer Or More Convenient
At Home Sleep Apnea Testing Is Now Covered By Most Commercial Health Insurance Plans
COVID-19 Update – At Home Sleep Apnea Testing Allows You To Reduce Your Risk Of Exposure By Allowing You To Be Tested And Treated At Home Using Telemedicine. This Innovative Process Means You Are Never Exposed To Your Provider Or Other Patients Which Helps Reduce Your Chance Of Exposure Or Infection at This Time.
Did you know that sleep naturally boosts your immune system and makes you more resistant to illness and disease and helps you recover faster?
With the current Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis affecting virtually everyone in the United States many people are putting off getting critical sleep apnea testing due to shelter in place and stay at home orders. The result is that critical testing and care is delayed significantly or not happening at all.
Contact us now to see if you’re an OSAinHomeSM candidate
Here’s how to know if you should be tested and how to do it in the privacy and safety of your own home.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects one in three adults in the United States today and the rate is closer to one in two in the Southeast where obesity rates are the highest in the nation.
- Stop breathing when you sleep or does your bed partner tell you that you stop breathing when you sleep?
- Wake up gasping for breath?
- Feel Excessively Tired During The Day?
- Often Wake With A Dry Mouth And/Or Sore Throat?
- Have High Blood Pressure?
- Have Prediabetes or Diabetes Type 2?
- Have Cardiovascular Disease?
- Have COPD / Asthma?
- Have Depression / Anxiety?
- Have BMI of 40 or above?
- Experience Erectile Dysfunction?
If you answered yes to any of these questions above, you are at elevated risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Contact us immediately for a phone evaluation with a sleep specialist.
Our specialists will let you know if you qualify for an in-home Sleep Apnea Test. If so, you may receive your test in just a few days.
If you suffer from undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea you’re one of the millions of people who are actually sleep deprived, despite sleeping, and don’t realize you have an undiagnosed sleep disorder.
Getting tested and treated is fast and easy.
Here’s How Our Easy OSAinHomeSM Program Works
Complete A Phone Consultation With A Skilled Staff Member From Sleep Centers Of Middle Tennessee
You will be asked a series of questions to help determine if you’re a candidate for at home sleep apnea testing.
Our Sleep Specialists will take you through a detailed one on one consultation to understand you, your health and health conditions, and your sleep.
If you’re a candidate, they’ll explain the at home test and what you need to do.
Your Single-use WatchPAT One Will Be Shipped To You
Once you receive your WatchPAT one, follow the directions in the box coming from the sleep professionals at Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee.
The WatchPAT is single use, comfortable to wear at night, and easy to use.
When you’re ready for bed, put it on your wrist, slip your finger into the finger probe, place the small monitor on your chest and go to sleep. It’s that easy. WatchPAT does the rest.
In the morning when you wake up, your data will be transferred to Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee automatically, where it is read by a board certified sleep medicine physician, typically the same day but within 24 hours.
Once the test is complete, just drop the unit in the trash and you are done.
If CPAP Is Indicated And You Choose CPAP Therapy
When you choose highly effective CPAP therapy to treat your Obstructive Sleep Apnea, everything you need will be shipped right to your door. You’ll receive your CPAP and receive professional, virtual education about how to begin using your CPAP immediately.
Ongoing Monitoring, Coaching, And Support
Once you’ve begun using your CPAP we’ll remotely monitor your equipment and results. We help you with any troubleshooting or issues you may have when using your CPAP, and provide expert coaching as needed to ensure successful treatment.
One Of The Few Medical Conditions That I Can Treat Without Taking Yet Another Pill
“I’ve been a patient since 2007. Prior to my diagnosis of OSA, I was falling sleep at work and even while I was driving. With CPAP therapy, I found that I was more productive and effective in my career. Instead of waking up with headaches and absolutely exhausted, I have energy and mental awareness. CPAP treatment literally changed my life, and for the better.”
Why Treating Sleep Apnea is Critical To Good Health
People Who Have Sleep Apnea Could Be Compromising Their Immunity And Are At Higher Risk For illnesses of all kinds.
To function properly and healthfully, your immune system relies on you sleeping regularly and restoratively thoughout the night. Without getting restorative sleep a couple of things happen. OSA depresses the function of your white blood cells (cellular immunity) and suppresses antibody production and key immune regulating proteins (humoral immunity).
With the growing concern of infectious disease around the world, having a healthy and well functioning immune system is vital to healthy functioning and for longevity. Sleep is the best way to boost your immune function naturally.
Sleep supports robust immunity in several ways. First, it fosters the release and production of cytokine, a versatile protein that supports the immune system’s response to threats. Cytokines have two main jobs: the first is promoting cell-to-cell communication, and the second is in stimulating cells to move towards areas of inflammation and infection.
Cytokines play a key role both in managing our immune system when we’re healthy and helping it attack viruses when we’re not feeling well. When we’re sick, cytokine production corresponds with fatigue — and this is by design. Your body is sending a natural signal for you to get more rest as it looks to combat your illness.
Second, sleep activates T Cells, the white blood cells that are pivotal in how the body’s immune system responds to potentially dangerous viruses. When activated T Cells attack and destroy infected cells carrying viruses.
But for T Cells to function properly, quality sleep is essential, if you have OSA, you stop breathing throughout the night and are aroused. You don’t get good sleep, when you wake up you are tired and low functioning … and so is yoru body. A lack of sleep, diminishes the efficiency of T Cell responses — and puts the body at risk of getting sick.
People With Sleep Apnea Are At Higher Risk For Other Diseases
Breathing obstructions throughout the night cause you to experience surges in adrenaline all night, which in turn raise your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The result of ongoing untreated OSA causes hypertension and insulin-resistance or diabetes type 2.
If you have prediabetes or diabetes type 2 there’s an 86% chance you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Heart disease and stroke are also increased in untreated OSA. Your increased risk of stroke is 60% higher with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea.
OSA is even one of the leading contributors to erectile dysfunction.
The health implications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are clear, yet many go untested.
Why Many People Don’t Get Tested For Sleep Apnea
While incredibly common many people don’t get tested for sleep apnea for several reasons:
They think their symptoms are normal.
There are many misconceptions about sleep and what is normal. For example, when people snore, they often think it’s simply a normal part of aging or they’re snoring because they’re a little overweight and it’s harmless.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Others grow up with snoring parents or grandparents, and because their parents were never diagnosed or treated with a serious sleep disorder that it’s just a normal part of sleep and nothing to be concerned about.
What we know about sleep apnea today, and how it impacts every area of our health, far surpasses what we knew even a decade ago. Many older adults have simply been suffering from a very treatable condition for years. You don’t have to.
Sleep apnea is hereditary, so if your parent snores or snored, it’s a very strong indication you should be tested for obstructive sleep apnea.
They feel diagnosis and treatment is inconvenient and time-consuming to get.
Many who’ve attempted in the past to get diagnosed, have been faced with long wait times to get a sleep study or sleep test ordered. Once a study or test is ordered, they wait even longer for the study to be performed, to get a follow-up appointment to review the results and more appointments for treatment.
If you’ve delayed getting tested because you feel the process is too complicated, time-consuming or inconvenient, you no longer need to wait.
Our new program eliminates wait times of weeks and sometimes months to get scheduled in a sleep lab at a hospital. It reduces the number of total visits and allows the majority of people to be evaluated and tested within days, not weeks.
Results are reviewed by a sleep medicine doctor and shared as early as the day after your sleep test through a telemedicine appointment that doesn’t require an office visit.
You’re also now able to receive treatment and follow-up the comfort of home too. We deliver the same exceptional care and walk you through your treatment options, get you set up on treatment, and monitor your experience closely, but without needing an office visit.
They don’t realize the health risks associated with OSA.
It’s hard to take something seriously when you don’t know the risks involved. Studies have proven, undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can be deadly, and contributes to or worsens serious health conditions.
Obstructive sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and many other diseases. It can also cause premature death.
In two separate cohorts studied in Australia and in the United States, 40% those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea died on average at least a decade sooner than healthy counterparts. CPAP is an easy to use, effective treatment for OSA.
They feel it’s too expensive
Although our in lab sleep studies and treatment is 1/4th the cost of hospital sleep study costs, there are many who are concerned about their out of pocket costs.
Our new comprehensive at home program was created with this in mind. We’re lowering costs even more to you, while maintaining quality testing and care.
Although treatment for OSA has been proven to reduce overall healthcare costs in far excess to the cost of the OSA treatment (because of its connection with other serious health conditions), we’ve found additional ways to make the process more convenient, streamlined and therefore more cost efficient for you.
This is the same exceptional care all our patients have received for the past 25 years. Only now, we’re able to deliver our testing and care through a more cost-efficient and convenient experience from beginning to end.
Our reputable sleep medicine practice and highly trained sleep physicians and specialists are taking care of you throughout the entire process – from testing to treatment. This streamlining of care means you won’t be handed off to any other provider for treatment. We provide a continuity of care that makes this process easy for you (please note: Medicare patients have separate requirements).
If You Live In Tennessee You Can Now Get Tested For OSA In The Safety Of Your Own Home.
No Doctor Referral Needed!
Get Your Test and Results within Days of Initial Call with Our Sleep Specialists.
No matter where you live in Tennessee, you no longer need to wait weeks and often months for testing for OSA. Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee has integrated powerful testing methodologies into an innovative at home sleep apnea testing and treatment program.
The program is built around a single use piece of sleep apnea technology called the WatchPAT One. The WatchPAT is worn on your wrist at night when you go to bed and has a single finger probe that your finger slips into and a small monitor about the size of a quarter that goes on your chest.
That’s it, put it on, turn it on, and turn out the lights. WatchPAT does the rest.
Testing and treating your obstructive sleep apnea has literally never been easier!
You can go from talking to one of our professionally trained staff to receiving a sleep apnea test in a couple of days.
This program is currently only available if you live in Tennessee and is only available through Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee.
Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for our OSAinHomeSM at home sleep testing program.
Treating your obstructive sleep apnea could be
the most important thing you do for your health.
We do a lot more than help you and your bed partner get a good night’s sleep. We may help you live longer and improve your quality of life.
Very short wait time,
Very kind and friendly,
Makes you feel that your important to them,
They take time to really listen.
And offer Solutions to your condition.
I have been a patient since 2014 . I feel that this treatment may have saved my life. I was sent to the sleep center by my cardiologist. I would have never thought that I would have sleep apnea. I feel like a different person. I sleep better than I ever thought. The staff is very friendly and professional. Highly recommend this to anyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
A: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by repeated partial or complete obstruction of your upper airway during sleep.
The partial obstructions are the most common, and those around you hear the sound of the obstruction, we call it snoring. While we probably laughed at Grandpa or Uncle Bob sawing logs, snoring is no laughing matter, it is the sound of someone struggling to breathe while sleeping.
Q: Are Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea the same?
A: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Apnea are generally used interchangeably. Complete obstructions of the airway are called apneas. Partial obstructions of the airway are called hypopneas. In most cases, obstructive sleep apnea means the airway is partially blocked or in some cases completely obstructed.
Complete obstructions (apneas) are much less common than partial obstructions, and most people with OSA mainly just have partial obstructions of their airway. Just remember, snoring is a common sign of OSA but you don’t have to snore to have OSA.
Q: Why is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
A: OSA is most dangerous because of how the brain and cardiovascular systems respond to the obstruction.
With both partial and complete airway obstructions the brain releases a surge of adrenaline-like neurotransmitter (stimulant), which we will refer to as adrenaline for simplicity’s sake. This is the brain’s attempt to arouse you and open the airway during sleep.
Think about it, people never snore when they are awake, only during sleep when their muscles relax, particularly the throat muscles.
It’s rare for this surge of adrenaline to fully wake you up. More often, it usually causes a brief 3-5 second arousal in sleep that you rarely remember. These obstructions, surges in adrenaline, and arousals can occur over 100 times per hour, yet over 15 times per hour is dangerous.
These continuous arousals cause sleepiness, fatigue, poor concentration, short-term memory issue, irritability, depression, anxiety, and decreased immune function making you more susceptible to illness and disease.
Q: Why Am I At Higher Risk For Illness And Other Diseases With Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
A: When you experience surges in adrenaline all night, it also raises blood pressure and blood sugar. Over time, the result of ongoing untreated OSA causes hypertension and insulin-resistance or diabetes type 2.
Heart disease and stroke are also increased in untreated OSA. OSA is even one of the leading contributors to erectile dysfunction. OSA can also cause Gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) and results in having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night which of course results in complete arousal and oftentimes difficulty going back to sleep.
Deep sleep is also needed for the body’s internal systems to function properly and fight off illness. With OSA you’re never able to get into deep restorative sleep, and therefore your body is able to operate optimally in order to fight off viruses and recover quickly.
Q: Why should I go to Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee instead of a hospital?
A: The best answer is the simplest one. Because we’re specialists.
We ONLY practice sleep medicine and after treating thousands of patients for more than 25 years, we know how to get results from the simplest to the most complex cases. Our sleep specialists are trained and supervised in our state of the art research and treatment facility. You get the best treatment using the latest science and technology to be sure you get the best possible results.
With our latest program OSAinHomeSM, you’ll also be able to experience completely integrated care from a single source and begin treatment quickly, no months long wait, without sacrificing quality of care.
Our in lab sleep studies are already 1/4th the cost of hospital setting in lab sleep studies. Now, with OSAinHomeSM you’ll experience even more cost effective care as we’re able to provide telemedicine visits and reduce the total number of visits throughout the process which means less out of pocket costs for you.