Sleep Apnea Care

Sleep apnea is interrupted breathing that occurs frequently during the night. It can leave you feeling tired and is associated with health conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Hypertension
  • Memory concerns
  • Stroke
  • Weight gain

Sleepiness while driving can be another dangerous problem for people with sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Care: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: The Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which means you will receive the highest level of quality care for your sleep apnea.
  • Hotel-based sleep studies: Your surroundings can greatly affect your quality of sleep. That’s why we offer sleep studies at two premier hotels – the Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the Hyatt Place in Franklin. All of our rooms are furnished with premium bedding, a private bath and cable television, to ensure you’re comfortable during your visit.
  • Personalized care: Our sleep specialists, including otolaryngologists, neurologists and pulmonologists, combine their expertise to interpret your sleep study results and develop a personalized care plan for you.
  • Innovative treatment: If you need an alternative to a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, Vanderbilt is the only institution in Middle Tennessee offering hypoglossal nerve stimulation, an implantable device for obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Patient-centered care: We want to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible. You can contact your care team 24/7 or view the results of your study through our secure online portal, My Health at Vanderbilt.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea: Sleep Studies

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 hotel-based sleep labs located in Nashville or Franklin. 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.

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.

Treatments We Offer for Sleep Apnea

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): A device that delivers gentle air pressure into your throat to keep your airway open. It can help alleviate snoring and abnormal breathing. As part of your treatment plan, we work with you to track your use of the CPAP device and monitor your progress at your return appointments.
  • Hypoglossal nerve stimulation: An implantable device that monitors your breathing and sends electrical impulses to the hypoglossal nerve (the nerve that controls your tongue muscles) while you sleep. The device gently pulls the tongue away from the back of the throat to relieve airway obstruction. Learn more about the surgically implanted device.
  • Oral (dental) appliances: A custom-fit oral appliance (similar to a mouth guard) developed by your dentist to treat sleep apnea. This device will help keep your upper airway open while you sleep.
  • Weight loss therapy: Being overweight or obese can contribute to the development of sleep apnea. Weight loss can often improve sleep apnea. We can refer you to the Vanderbilt Center for Medical Weight Loss, if needed.

Patient Stories

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Contact Us

To learn more about sleep apnea care, call us at (615) 936-0060.