Sleep apnea is disordered breathing that occurs frequently during the night. It can leave you feeling tired and is associated with health conditions including:
Sleepiness while driving can be another dangerous problem for people with sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is by far the best treatment. CPAP equipment blows a small amount of extra air into the back of your throat to keep your airway open. It can stop snoring and abnormal breathing.
If your initial conversation with a provider suggests you may have sleep apnea, you will need to have a sleep study. During your sleep study, you will stay overnight for monitoring in one of our sleep labs located in hotels in Nashville and Cool Springs. Your entire night of sleep will be recorded and analyzed by several sleep specialists from our center.
After your sleep study, it takes up to two weeks to analyze the results and develop your treatment plan. You can view the results of your study online by registering for My Health at Vanderbilt.
Although insurance covers the costs of a sleep study, coverage varies. You can call our business office at (615) 936-0910 for help with insurance questions.
For more information about sleep studies, see our frequently asked questions page.
Sleep apnea can be controlled using CPAP equipment. Treating your sleep apnea can help with related conditions including diabetes, heart problems, hypertension and weight gain.
As part of your treatment, you will need to record your use of the CPAP device and attend any return appointments with the Sleep Center that are required to monitor your progress.
For those who need an alternative to CPAP, Vanderbilt is the regional specialist in Inspire Therapy, an implantable treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Learn more about Inspire Therapy.