Friday, April 8, 2011

Sleep Apnea Screening is easier than ever now.

Do you snore, have daytime drowsiness, poor quality of sleep?
You may have Sleep Apnea.

What is the big deal?
Sleep Apnea has been linked to a wide variety of  medical problems from High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke, Acid Reflux (GERD) to Diabetes and Depression and more. It is estimated that 15-20% of the adult population have some level of Sleep Apnea.

An at home test is now Available.
Crystal Lake Dental Associates through it's affiliation with Sleep Group Solutions is now able to provide Sleep Apnea Screening with the Embletta portable home test device. In addition we can provide interpretation of the data through  1800sleeplab This simple service saves the effort of staying overnight in an unfamiliar bed at a sleep lab. You can take the test at home with the Embletta which though quite powerful has been simplified for Sleep Apnea testing. In addition to the convenience of sleeping in your own bed, the cost  for testing is a small fraction of that charged by a sleep lab.
sleep apnea home test
Embletta X100
After taking the device home and wearing overnight, you simply return it to the office and within a day or 2 we have the results professionally graded by a licensed sleep physician.

If you have Sleep Apnea, an Oral Appliance may correct it.
 If after testing, it is determined that you are a candidate for an oral appliance, we will be more than happy to discuss your options and fit you with a custom made one.If a CPAP is recommended, we can refer you for fitting of the CPAP. Oral appliances have a very high compliance rate, and patients preferred them 4 to 1 over a CPAP according to a Department of Health report.

Insurance Reimbursement
Recently Medicare and private insurances have embraced portable monitoring as a diagnostic alternative to PSG. In doing so, they have put forth guidelines and requirements for various diagnostic levels. The Embletta X100 is a Level II system - capable of monitoring up to 12 channels of data including EEG. Because of its versatile design, it can also be set up as an easy-to-use Level III system. Many other home study devices do not fit the requirements for Level II or III and therefore may be denied coverage by many insurance carriers

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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.