06.06.2014
If you want to find out what’s behind your snoring, you’ll likely need to undergo an overnight sleep study to determine whether sleep apnea is at fault. This process involves sensors that are placed on the body to detect various signals, such as brain activity, eye movement and heart rate, during sleep. Before getting to the bottom of their snoring, patients sometimes express concern about the expense of such a sleep study. Sleep apnea is a serious problem that can lead to other complications, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. A sleep study can take place either in the hospital, sleep center, or at home, but a study in a hospital setting is the most expensive, costing as much as $3,000.
Sleep studies are also conducted for follow-up after a surgical intervention or non-surgical treatment modality is used.  This enables your Chicago sleep doctors taking care of you to determine the effectiveness of the oral appliance custom fabricated for the treatment of your sleep apnea. Sleep studies are valuable diagnostic tools, and they can inform and dictate treatment of the condition. Welcome to Chicago, Illinois’ most unique oral surgery and sleep related breathing disorder treatment center. Researchers have already established that the estimated 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea are four times more likely to have a stroke and three times more likely to experience heart disease if gone untreated.
Treatments like CPAP machines can reduce these risks, and according to new research, treating sleep apnea may actually reduce the risk of depression as well. According to Marcus Povitz of Western University in London, Ontario, the lead author of the study, sleep apnea is believed to contribute to depression because sleep apnea causes low quality sleep and sleep fragmentation.
Obstructive sleep apnea, for instance, causes a repeated obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, causing sufferers to wake frequently, deprived of oxygen. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be successfully treated with a CPAP machine, which delivers a continuous stream of gentle air pressure during sleep to keep sleepers breathing regularly. Many sleep physicians also reported elevated moods in patients who were receiving sleep apnea treatment. The study couldn’t definitively determine if sleep problems caused depression or if it was the other way around. If you feel like your sleep problems may be contributing to your depression, contact a doctor and ask if sleep apnea could have anything to do with it.
A few years ago I was at a sleep conference in Minneapolis talking to Fisher and Paykel representatives over dinner and drinks about their new technology, SenseAwake. Compliance, or also referred to as “CPAP Adherence” is the holy grail of the sleep therapy world.  Nationally it is believed to be between 50-60%, meaning almost half of the people that have been prescribed therapy actually use it and 80% of people that suffer from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed. The Upsides to This CPAP Model: The S9 series is a very quiet platform with a sleek design. The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Senseawake technology decreases the fixed CPAP pressure when it detects the user has awoke from sleep, allowing the user to fall back to sleep at a lower pressure.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Pretty much the same cons as the standard CPAP machine, it’s hard to find negative things to say about this unit other than the Devilbiss policy that limits the sale of their equipment to only the United States. Home sleep apnea testing market continues to grow as more and more insurance companies decline reimbursement for in-lab diagnostic polysomnograms.
I was recently contacted by a sleep physician that made it a point to tell me he refers many customers to our site for CPAP supplies but will not be doing so in the future because of the wording we use to describe our home sleep testing program. Before I get into a rant about home sleep testing, I do want to point out something to the average customer looking to purchase a home sleep test. I have been a sleep medicine professional for 12+ years and participated in many meetings where the primary emphasis was how we were going to thwart the efforts of home sleep testing programs because they posed a threat to our bottom line. Yes, certain some patients NEED the in-labs study for the best possible diagnosis and treatment, especially those with co-morbid conditions but if they cannot afford the in-lab route, a home sleep test SHOULD be offered. In the lab I worked for we took great pride in our titration abilities and any sleep technologist worth their salt knows the goal is eliminate disordered breathing events through supine REM (the position and stage of sleep a person is prone to be most severe). The sleep doctor would get them back in for a follow up consult and reduce their pressure to lower level that the patient could tolerate and reschedule a follow up appointment to gradually raise them back up.
I have found myself writing a lot of blogs that cater to people that have already been diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea which really isn’t fair to the greater percentage of the population that are unaware they even have sleep apnea (80-85% still remain undiagnosed). Standard or Fixed Pressure CPAP Machines have been the long standing staple and recommended treatment for sleep apnea for many years. Bi-Level PAP therapy uses 2 levels of pressure to treat sleep apnea, an inspiratory pressure (IPAP) and an expiratory pressure (EPAP). Bi-Level are less commonly prescribed sleep therapy devices, making up only about 15% of the sleep therapy market. Much like Auto CPAP machines, the Auto Bi-Levels can operate in 2 modes which are the standard Bi-Level mode or Auto adjust mode. Philips Respironics, or as many refer to them prior to the Philips acquisition, “Respironics” has a long history of being the market leader when it comes to sleep apnea therapy but when it comes to the name of their therapy devices they could not make it any more confusing. False.  Refer to CPAP myth #7 for more clarification but snoring is usually the first sign of developing hypopnea (partial airway closure) upper airway restriction, and sleep apnea. Rather than drag it out to the end, I’m going to tell you my 2 main points right now (I DO expect you to finish reading all the blog though, I may reveal something witty or ramble on about how much I love ResMed and vintage fishing lures). Auto CPAP machines adjust to your sleep position and sleep stage (yes, that’s why your wife is always rolling you over, because you are a nightmare when you sleep on your back). Say good bye to being bloated from receiving too much pressure, Auto CPAP only delivers what you need to keep airway open. Less visits to the doctor or sleep lab for pressure changes…Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner and I just sold you on it.
NovaSom, maker of home tests for obstructive sleep apnea, has its first provider partnership for its AccuSom Deliver out-of-center sleep testing program, and it's a big one. AccuSom Deliver combines an FDA-cleared home testing kit linked to the Verizon Wireless network with a cloud-based portal for the company's sleep specialists to access and interpret data. Sleep specialists can order an out-of-center sleep test through the portal, prompting AccuSom to ship a testing kit to the patient's home. The portal also allows NovaSom clinicians to provide support to patients throughout the test, which requires overnight measurement of 12 physiological and neurological factors.


Home testing got a boost in March when Aetna made the traditional in-clinic test subject to prior authorization, in part because of the cost, Celano noted.
Membrane Level of Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid Is Associated with Severity of Obstructive Sleep ApneaJames B. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and heart failure. Many people believe that you have to enter a designated sleep facility in order to get an official diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea.
It’s much more comfortable – at home you can test yourself for obstructive sleep apnea without all the heavy equipment and other medical devices strapped all over your body. By testing yourself at home, you can wake up and get back to your life – you don’t need to worry about driving all the way home. Secure a prescription for Easy Breathe’s Home Sleep Test by filling out a form and visiting your physician.
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Easy Breathe will help you get the supplies you need for effective CPAP therapy. With Easy Breathe’s Home Sleep Test, you can essentially diagnose yourself with obstructive sleep apnea, so that you can get relief from CPAP treatment sooner rather than later.
You may have symptoms that suggest apnea, like morning headaches and excessive fatigue even after a supposed full night of sleep, but only a sleep study can give you a conclusive diagnosis.
Those signals are monitored, recorded and examined for anomalies that indicate apnea or some other sleep disorder. Therefore, insurance companies typically pay for a sleep study to diagnose apnea so that it can be treated effectively.
Alternatively, patients can take portable equipment to their homes for a much lower price tag—in the neighborhood of $350. If you want to undergo a sleep study, check with your insurance company on your coverage for the process. Dips in oxygen from apnea events may also cause injury to the brain, leading to symptoms of depression. Because of this, sleep apnea has been linked to memory issues, irritability, insomnia and decreased quality of life.
However, it is possible for symptoms of sleep apnea to be mistaken for symptoms of depression. These devices are CPAP machines that offer variable pressures that increase and decrease throughout sleep when apneas, hypopneas, snoring and flow limitation are detected.
It is more of a box shaped unit so the travel case is not a sleek and streamlined as the S9 AutoSet. Does not offer heated tubing option; however an external heated tube option can be purchased separately and used with this model. This is not recent news and it doesn’t take much more than common sense to know that the average person that thinks they may have sleep apnea or  been told they have sleep apnea is looking for the most cost effective way of diagnosing and treating it.
As a registered polysomnographic technologist I have always been torn between two constant arguments I have seen in sleep medicine.
You can consult a patient to have an in-lab sleep study and a titration but that doesn’t mean they are going to show up for the appointment. We hit that mark like Bruce Willis drilling to 800feet in Armageddon and left the sleep lab every morning feeling like we had defeated sleep apnea one patient at a time. Unfortunatley a common scenerio is when they left that morning with their CPAP machine  and tried to sleep with it that nigh they found they could not tolerate it. Sleep techs sometimes just do not understand the fine line between clinically treated and compliant because they are too focused on accomplishing the mission at hand. CPAP therapy is sometimes a broad reference to the therapy for treatment of sleep apnea, hypopnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), flow limitation, and snoring; however there are many different devices that fall in to the positive airway pressure (PAP) family. A fixed pressure CPAP machine delivers pressurized air via a CPAP mask (see: Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask, Full Face CPAP Mask, Nasal CPAP Mask) and that pressurized air provides a pneumatic splint in the airway that keeps it from collapsing during sleep. For those that do not like to go back to the sleep lab every 1-2 years for a pressure adjustment, this is great because the machine will detect the need for more or less pressure as needed. These specialized servo-ventilators are used for the treatment of Complex Sleep Apnea (CompSA), otherwise referred to as CPAP induced central sleep apnea (CSA), periodic breathing such as Cheyne-Stokes Respiration. Essentially there is not much difference between the 2 though they are the only 2 manufacturers that have these devices on the market that are used and cleared for the treatment of the above disorders.
Also known as Sleep Machine, Snore Machine, Oxygen Machine (sorry people but these are not oxygen machines, you have to create that yourself). Every so often we like to identify misconceptions made about CPAP therapy, costs of CPAP equipment and the general understanding about obstructive sleep apnea. People that suffer from sleep apnea and ARE NOT using CPAP therapy will typically “mouth breath” from your body’s natural self defense mechanism to survive.
While it has been shown that being overweight can significantly contribute to your sleep apnea it does not mean that weight loss will correct your sleep apnea.
Extreme snoring typically results in the same sleep disturbances (arousals and awakenings). One sentence into this blog you may be wondering how drinking red wine remotely relates to CPAP and sleep apnea. I am willing to bet that you were on your best behavior that night and did not consume any alcohol before your sleep study (tsk tsk, remember the sleep doctor told you not to deviate from your nightly routine).
The Glen Burnie, Md.-based vendor announced Wednesday that it will offer the service through the SSM Center for Sleep Disorders, part of major Catholic integrated delivery network SSM Health Care – St. Home testing, which AccuSom says is appropriate for 80 percent of people with undiagnosed OSA, replaces the need for an expensive and inconvenient inpatient stay in a hospital or sleep center. However, purchasing or renting home sleep testing devices in bulk would have required a significant operations and logistics burden in-house, from device delivery to validation of testing-in-progress to device retrieval," Daniel Tirado, team leader for the SSM Center for Sleep Disorders, says in a press release. A number of recent meta-analysis studies showed that it doesn’t seem to do much for cardiac disease. If you take Omega-3 fish oils and it helps with sleep apnea, it’s pretty clear that it’ll help with that particular form of heart failure. It’s kinda cool, kind of weird, and you get really lousy sleep – which makes me ponder exactly how effective sleep studies are if making people sleep worse is part of the test.


I don’t think I’ve seen a brand that wasn’t, but some studies have tried doing studies using “fish oil” where what they actually were testing was cod liver oil, or unstabilized fish oil.
I’ll bet you get way better results, but the effect will only be pronounced in patients who also have sleep apnea. In the comfort of your own bed, testing yourself for sleep apnea is easier and more convenient than ever.
Oh the electrodes – if you enjoy being strapped to the gills with electrodes, like Alex in Clockwork Orange, you’d probably enjoy a laboratory sleep study, but there is a good chance that you wouldn’t – not matter what the circumstance is.
After that, you can simply return the test in a pre-paid envelope and a board-certified sleep physician will review the results.
With Easy Breathe’s Home Sleep Test, getting a diagnosis is easier and more convenient than ever – and a thousand times more convenient than getting tested at a laboratory. You may be able to use money from your flexible spending account or health savings account to pay for your sleep study. The study also raised the possibility that untreated sleep apnea can worsen existing symptoms of depression. The Escape Auto does have the bulky external power supply but other than that it is highly recommended.
This is a growing business that many people are getting into (good and bad) and a disclaimer should be stated that the right personnel should be conducting these test for accuracy and reliability. The first is the accuracy and reliability of a home sleep apnea test versus an in-lab diagnostic test and the second being the fixed pressure CPAP machines versus auto adjusting CPAP machines.
The answer is easy, during the course of the night we enter different stages of sleep and some of those stages are deeper and relax the muscles more, especially those that support the airway. Many sleep labs have a protocol that states when a person gets to a certain pressure threshold to switch them over to Bi-Level.
These are not commonly prescribed devices and should be directed by a sleep specialist for device settings. There are so many different physiological attributes that cause sleep apnea that just basing it off of your weight is not wise. If you feel that you have lost enough weight and there are no other physiological connections to your sleep apnea, it is best to have a re-evaluation sleep study done (preferably using our home sleep testing program) to determine whether or not you still need CPAP therapy.
Auto CPAP also saves you time and money by limiting the number of times you would need to visit the sleep center or physician for pressure adjustments. Sleep apnea is a silent but deadly killer that deprives all sufferers of quality of life and overall health.
Sleep apnea does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, political belief, tax bracket or any other factor.
Take 2 or 3 caps, and make sure it’s fish oil and not krill oil or plant-based Omega-3 – because that doesn’t work; only the fish-based one seems to have the right effect. With the home sleep test, you can wake up in your own house instead of an impersonal sleep laboratory with a bunch of vampire-like doctors watching over you.
So, by testing your self at home, your test results may be more accurate – and less skewed than if you were to visit a laboratory. Not only can you bypass the expensive hospital bill by testing yourself at home, but you can also skip other costs, like fuel and snack stops.
Imagine trying to sleep with large belts placed around your chest and abdomen to monitor breathing.
Steven Koos DDS, MD and Brian Shah DDS, MD, your sleep specialists serving Chicago, IL to determine what type of test will fit in your budget. When you add a feature that drops the pressure back to a low setting and it slowly increases while they fall back to sleep, you have a recipe that enhances the flavor we like to call compliance.
The best advice I can offer is have both programs as a service to your practice and advise your patients of the method that is most likely going to lead to better therapy, lower cost and long term compliance.
You lose them when the billing staff contacts them regarding the costs of these tests or they contact their insurance company to find out what the coverage and billable rate is.
There are also certain positions of sleep that make us more prone to sleep apnea events, like sleeping on your back versus sleeping on your side.
I have a friend that is the picture of physical fitness and health and I can tell you that he has such severe apnea that no matter what peak condition he is in, it will always be there. I could go on and on about how much better Auto CPAP machines are compared to dinosaurs…cough cough, I mean fixed pressure CPAP machines, but just to humor you, I’m going to give you bullet points. But what it does go a long way towards explaining is why people might have thought that it did help. Many people have no idea that they can get the exact same results in the comfort of their own bed with a home sleep test.
Not to mention, a home sleep test may be entirely, or partly, covered by your medical insurance provider. Find out how the test is scored; is it scored manually by a certified technologist or auto scored by a computer. Know the warning signs and symptoms are key to determining if you should be tested for sleep apnea. A fixed pressure CPAP doesn’t know if you have been naughty or nice and it’s programmed to give you what it knows; and that’s the you from the last time you spent the night in the sleep lab.
It also promises to make testing for sleep apnea more convenient and comfortable for patients, save money and, because of cellular transmission of data to the cloud, shorten the time to diagnosis.
This should not be confused with auto adjusting CPAP since it only does it at the initiation of use.
Auto scoring does not recognize artifact as well as a certified sleep technologist can and thus if not properly detected could lead to false negatives or false positives.
Always find out how long a practice has been doing home sleep testing; a dentist that just added them to their practice last week may not be the best option for you.



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