Home Sleep Testing
Knoxville and Maryville TN
Screening for Sleep Breathing Disorders with Home Sleep Studies
Snoring is not only embarrassing and bothersome to anyone sleeping around you, but may also be a sign that you have a serious sleep-breathing disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. The majority of people with sleep apnea, nearly 80 percent, are unaware they have this disorder. Sleep apnea is when you temporarily stop breathing due to an obstructed airway while you sleep. This not only sounds awful but also affects your body by depriving it of oxygen. Our body needs oxygen to thrive. Without it, our vital organs may begin to suffer and cause other health-related issues. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing dementia, diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer.
Even after considering this startling information, people still tend to shy away from sleep tests. The thought of spending the night in a sleep center with wires draped all around you is probably not your idea of a peaceful night’s sleep. The good news is that Crestview Dental Care offers an at-home sleep apnea test in Knoxville that is much more convenient and comfortable for patients.
Most at-home sleep tests involve the use of a couple of sensors that detect your breathing patterns while you sleep. Even better, at-home sleep tests tend to yield more efficient results since the patient can sleep in their bed at home, in comfortable surroundings. If you are worried about the cost, don’t. Most medical insurance companies will cover the cost of a sleep test, but we can check on your insurance coverage to be certain. With rising medical deductibles and expensive insurance premiums, the doctors cannot imagine letting that stand in the way of your life. With this convenience available at Crestview Dental Care, why would you delay a test that could help save your life?
If I Don’t Snore, Do I Still Need a Sleep Test?
Yes! Although snoring is the most common symptom, it is not always a telltale sign of sleep apnea. This is why so many who suffer from this disorder are unaware they have it. Some patients who experience sleep apnea may not snore at all. In fact, at Crestview Dental Care, we recommend anyone who has poor sleep patterns in general or anyone who suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) undergoes our Res Med Apnea Link Air at-home sleep test.
Collaborative Care for Sleep Apnea
We collaborate with medical physicians all over Knoxville, Maryville, and the surrounding areas to provide the highest level of care available to patients with sleep-disordered breathing issues. If you are CPAP intolerant, have no desire to consider a CPAP or Bi-PAP, have mild/moderate apnea, and absolutely want to have a better quality of life, Crestview Dental Care can treat your sleep apnea through a very specific mandibular repositioning device that is custom-made for your needs and monitored by both the dentist and physician. Each patient is different and will require treatment based on their specific case needs.
For more information regarding our at-home sleep test (HST) or obstructive sleep apnea, please contact Crestview Dental Care today by calling (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients in surrounding areas of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.