According to a recent article from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (www.sleepeducation.com) current economic conditions in the U. S. are forcing many to cut back on health-care expenses. Yet sleep experts advise that the cost of a sleep study is a sound investment for millions of people who suffer from a sleep disorder. Here at DesertSmiles we have available the Watch-Pat 200 to screen for sleep disorders and to monitor the progress of patients wearing oral appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
The home sleep testing is an alternative to the overnight sleep study. It was endorsed by the AASM in December 2007. It also was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last March. As a result many insurance providers have begun to cover home sleep tests. The home sleep test offers the convenience of staying in your own bed and its lower cost. While not as sophisticated as those provided at overnight sleep centers, they are excellent for screening for OSA and monitoring of oral appliance effectiveness.
The Watch-Pat 200 is just a part of our effort to provide our patients in the Phoenix and Glendale areas the finest in snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Treating a sleep disorder promotes health and well being. In the long run it can not only save you money, but improve your quality of life and longevity.