You may think it is strange for a chiropractic clinic to be involved with sleep studies, but the number of people we serve in the trucking industry demands that we have resources. We can arrange your sleep study in the privacy of your home for a very small fraction of the cost in traditional sleep labs. Our studies are done by certified sleep specialists and are fully diagnostic. If you need treatment, we can arrange that as well for a fraction of the cost of other sources.
CO$T: There are two ways to cover this cost. The first is through your insurance. However, our experience has been that the insurance company will likely charge you more than if you do it on a cash basis. The second way to do this is a straight cash price, which is less than $200. Not only is this easier and more convenient for you, it is strictly private. Like all information in this clinic, it is not shared with anyone without your permission. This privacy is always lost when information is shared with the insurance industry.
HOW CAN I GET TESTED? Just give us a call. We will get your name and mailing address. We will ask you the questions below to assess your risk. We will make the referral and your testing apparatus will be sent to your home. You do not have to be one of our patients for us to test you.
ARE YOU AT RISK? Take this quick test to see if you are at risk. If you have as many as five (5) points, you are at risk for serious cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and stroke, and you may not know it.
Snoring... YES NO
Do you snore on most nights (more than 3 times/week)?
Is your snoring loud (can it be heard through a door or wall)?
Has it ever been reported that you stop breathing or gasping during sleep?
Male ≥ 17 inches
Female ≥ 16 inches
Are you currently being for high blood pressure? (2 points)
Do you occasionally doze or fall asleep when...
You are not busy or active? (2 points)
You are driving or stopped at a light? (2 points)
If you score 5 or higher you may be at risk for Sleep Apnea
FOR TRUCK DRIVERS: The Department of Transportation (DOT) passed a regulation in April 2012 that requires sleep studies for Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher. This regulation was published in the Federal Register, but was rescinded the next day. It is expected that the DOT will reinstate this regulation at some point in the near future. This regulation has the potential for taking many truck drivers off the road.
BMI is a ratio of body weight to height. If it is over 30, you are in the obese range. Two thirds of America is overweight, and about half of those are clinically obese. If this is the case for you, your best strategy is to lose the weight. Take a moment and visit our wellness tab on this website, and we will be happy to help you. In the meantime,
WHAT IS APNEA? "Apnea" (Greek) literally means "without breath." There are three types of sleep apnea:
Of the three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, what people have in common with untreated sleep apnea is repeated cessation of oxygenation during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. This is a dangerous situation because it triggers a response in the central nervous system that greatly elevates blood pressure as the brain tries desperately to get oxygen.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.
Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. With the proper information on sleep apnea it can be diagnosed and treated.