Sleep Services

Ancillary Services

Summit's Sleep Services is an accredited, full-service sleep center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of most sleep disorders.

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Leave the 'Rest' to Us

Summit Sleep Services is a comprehensive sleep disorder facility that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We serve the needs of Summit and the greater Knoxville area.

We diagnose and treat many sleep disorders including:

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Shift Work Disorder
  • Many others


Summit Sleep Services has been continuously accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) since 2005.

The AASM Standards for Accreditation are considered the 'gold standard' by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities. These standards were developed to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to patients with sleep disorders. Achieving AASM accreditation demonstrates a commitment to high quality, patient-centered care.

The Sleep Center

Our state of the art facility, conveniently located in West Knoxville off Weisgarber Rd., boasts a comfortable home-like sleeping environment for testing. It is our belief that more accurate results are obtained when the patient is comfortable and in a non-hospital or non-clinical environment.

All of our rooms feature queen-size beds with comfortable linens, television sets, and a bathroom to make you feel right at home.

At Summit Sleep Services, our clinic and testing facilities are all at the same location, so all stages of your treatment, from diagnosis, to testing, to follow-up appointments, are all at the same place, eliminating the need to drive all over town to various offices and clinics. We also offer free parking right outside the door.

We strive to make things as comfortable and convenient for you as we possibly can!

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Individualized Treatment Plans

Treatment of sleep problems begins with a complete assessment and must entail an accurate diagnosis. Much more goes in to a diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan than just how many hours a night you are (or are not) sleeping.

The skilled physicians, nurse practitioners, and support staff at Summit Sleep Services go to great lengths to ensure that all aspects of your health, routines, and activities are properly taken into account in order to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment plan possible.

Assessment

Your evaluation usually begins with a consultation appointment with a sleep physician at our clinic, conveniently located off Weisgarber Rd. in Knoxville.

Your physician will talk with you about your sleep problems and go over your sleep and medical history with you and possibly perform a routine physical examination. Once this is done, an appropriate treatment plan is started. The treatment plan oftentimes includes a sleep study at our facility.

Diagnosis

After the assessment period, and any subsequent sleep studies that might be performed, your information will be reviewed and interpreted by your sleep physician. At this point, a more accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations can be made.

Sleep disorders commonly diagnosed at our center include:

  • Sleep Apnea - A disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep
  • Restless Legs Syndrome - A disorder that creates an overwhelming urge to move your legs
  • Insomnia - The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Narcolepsy - A disorder that makes your feel uncontrollably tired or, in extreme cases, have uncontrollable sleep attacks

More information on sleep disorders may be found on our resources page.

Treatment & Follow-Up

Treatment is based on the diagnosis and individual needs of each patient. Our team of board certified specialists is skilled in making the correct diagnosis, and efficiently implementing the most effective treatment for the sleep problem.

Follow up appointments are conducted in our sleep clinic, usually with our skilled nurse practitioners. These appointments will continue until a resolution of your sleep problem is seen and then on an annual or as-needed basis thereafter.

Contact Us

Call us today for scheduling or to learn more about any of our services.

Sleep Study FAQs

What is a sleep study (polysomnogram)?

A polysomnogram is a procedure that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each study will vary depending on the individual case, and some of the measurements monitored may include; Brain waves (electrodes placed on the scalp) Heart...

A polysomnogram is a procedure that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each study will vary depending on the individual case, and some of the measurements monitored may include; Brain waves (electrodes placed on the scalp) Heart beats (electrodes placed on the chest) Muscle tension (electrodes placed on the chin) Airflow breathing (sensor placed under the nose and mouth) Blood oxygen levels (sensor attached to your finger).

Why record all of these signals?

During sleep, the body functions differently. Disrupted sleep can disrupt daytime activities, and sometimes medical problems during sleep involve a risk to your overall health. These monitors will help your physician determine if you...

During sleep, the body functions differently. Disrupted sleep can disrupt daytime activities, and sometimes medical problems during sleep involve a risk to your overall health. These monitors will help your physician determine if you have a sleep disorder.

Can I sleep with all these monitors attached to me?

Surprisingly, most patients do not have difficulty sleeping with these devices on once they have adjusted to the environment. The devices do not hurt as they are applied and you are able to move quite freely during the test. We want you...

Surprisingly, most patients do not have difficulty sleeping with these devices on once they have adjusted to the environment. The devices do not hurt as they are applied and you are able to move quite freely during the test. We want you to sleep in your normal sleeping positions and will make accommodations so you feel as comfortable as possible in our "home-like" sleep facility atmosphere. We have highly trained technical staff to ensure your stay with us is beyond your expectations. Occasionally, you may be prescribed medication to help you sleep during the study.

What should I do the day of the test?

Keep your regular routine as much as possible. Don't nap. Don't drink caffeine after lunch. Avoid drinking alcohol the day of the test, unless otherwise directed. Plan to eat dinner before arriving. However, we do have a...

  • Keep your regular routine as much as possible.

  • Don't nap.
  • Don't drink caffeine after lunch.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the day of the test, unless otherwise directed.
  • Plan to eat dinner before arriving. However, we do have a kitchen area and you may bring snack foods if needed, especially if you are diabetic.
  • Don't use hair sprays or gels since they can interfere with the sleep recording.
  • Please refrain from the use of heavy scented products such as perfumes, lotions, and gels as they can create a breathing problem for some of our patients.

If you are sick on the day of your scheduled appointment, please call us to discuss rescheduling. We understand that other circumstances can arise and ask that you provide at least a 24-hour notice if you must cancel. Thank you for your consideration.

What should I bring to the sleep center?

You should arrive for testing at 8 p.m. unless otherwise directed. A technologist will be there to greet you and show you to your sleep room. You should bring comfortable sleeping clothes (please avoid silk materials). For male...

You should arrive for testing at 8 p.m. unless otherwise directed. A technologist will be there to greet you and show you to your sleep room. You should bring comfortable sleeping clothes (please avoid silk materials). For male patients, you will be most comfortable for testing purposes in gym shorts or pajama bottoms and a t-shirt.

Feel free to bring any item from home that may help you sleep better. Please note that we offer a home-like sleeping environment as well as shower facilities for your convenience. We have small samples of shampoo, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush and razor. You will need to bring toiletries specific to your needs, including a hair blow dryer, if needed.

Bring any prescribed medications that you take before going to bed or take them before you arrive. It is a good idea to bring any medications that you may need during the night, as our facility will not have access to prescribed medications.

What can I expect when I get to the Sleep Center?

The sleep technologist will ask about your sleep habits. There may be a pre-sleep questionnaire for you to fill out. Then, you can get ready for bed. There won't be any other patients in your room and there will be a bathroom for...

  • The sleep technologist will ask about your sleep habits. There may be a pre-sleep questionnaire for you to fill out. Then, you can get ready for bed. There won't be any other patients in your room and there will be a bathroom for you to use.
  • The sleep technologist will attach sensors to you. The sensors, which are glued or taped to you, monitor your body while you sleep. Tell the technologist if you are allergic or sensitive to any adhesives.
  • Any time during the preparation process, you are encouraged to ask the sleep technologist if you have any questions about the process.
  • Cameras in your room allow the technologist to monitor you while you sleep in case any help is needed. For example, they can fix any equipment that comes loose during the night.

What is a CPAP study?

If you show signs of having moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), then your sleep technologist may start a CPAP titration study during the night. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The technologist will...

If you show signs of having moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), then your sleep technologist may start a CPAP titration study during the night. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The technologist will explain how CPAP works and will fit you for a mask.

CPAP uses air pressure to hold the airway open. A CPAP study measures your response to different levels of pressure. The goal is to find the pressure that keeps your airway open and treats the OSA. At times, other things are added, like oxygen.

If you need CPAP during the night, the technologist will enter your room and put a CPAP mask on you. The mask is attached to a CPAP machine. When you fall asleep, the technologist will monitor and document your response to the CPAP pressures.

Even if the technologist does not use a CPAP on the night of the study, you may still have OSA.

What happens after my test?

In the morning, the technologist will remove all the sensors. The technologist cannot provide the final results of the study. The information gathered during the sleep study will be reviewed and evaluated by a sleep specialist. Your...

In the morning, the technologist will remove all the sensors. The technologist cannot provide the final results of the study.

The information gathered during the sleep study will be reviewed and evaluated by a sleep specialist. Your Summit Medical Group provider will discuss the results with you. It may take several days or a week to properly evaluate your sleep study.