SleepImage: Bringing Clarity to Sleep Testing

Sleep quality and measuring sleep are hot topics right now! What may behoove you to understand is that not all sleep tests measure sleep equally. Many have heard of sleep stages or sleep statistics without knowing their importance, benefit, or what actions can be taken. Discussing and assessing sleep health may be the dentist’s most important role, as no one has better or more regular access to evaluate the airway than dentists.

Sleep is the ultimate feedback loop on health and wellness.

Sleep has been termed the “vital sign of good health” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and for a good reason. Sleep carries a fundamentally important and unique role in everyone’s lives. It is the only thing that humans spend a third of their lives doing. Sleep promotes good health through prevention and timely intervention, but also through healing. Everyone knows from personal experience how much we all crave sleep when we don’t feel well. Also, all parents understand the short-term consequences of tired children.

What you need to know and what you do not need to know about sleep.

Individuals do not need to understand the intricacies of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, as these are clinical terms. While self-intervention with lifestyle choices may improve sleep for the individual, there is a lot more involved. Sleep testing is a great place to start, as it determines a diagnosis and starts the conversation around treatment options. Since poor sleep contributes to poor health outcomes, this requires a consultation and collaboration with a healthcare provider.

However, what everyone needs to know are the three factors that constitute restorative sleep for mind and body. Then, take action on what you can to mitigate the consequences of poor sleep and leave the rest to professionals:

1. Allocate an adequate amount of time during every 24 hours to sleep.

2. Objectively measure sleep quality, meaning how much sleep is spent in restorative sleep.

3. Objectively measure what effect sleep apnea has on cardiovascular and metabolic health.

One and two are pretty self-explanatory, so let’s talk more about number three: Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is just one of many sleep disorders linked to several health problems. It has been linked to cardiovascular stress and increased risk of hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and much more.

Sleep Disorders

What may not be obvious is that sleep apnea can be fixed at the expense of sleep quality. This leads to the same adverse health outcomes as not treating sleep apnea in the first place. It’s very important to view sleep disorders in light of their chronic nature and treat them accordingly.

Nobody would attempt to treat diabetes or hypertension with one test and a lifetime of treatment, just hoping for results. These chronic conditions are managed over time through an interactive process of adjusting treatment (device or medication) based on a continuous feedback loop.

In sleep care, the key is to find the care that benefits the patient, is as non-intrusive as possible, and does not treat sleep apnea at the cost of sleep quality. This is where dental practitioners have an important role to play.

Sleep and Children

What is less well understood is the importance of sleep for healthy childhood growth and long-term development. The pediatric dentist is in a unique situation, as probably no other healthcare professional sees healthy children as often as the pediatric dentist. Therefore, it is very important that pediatric dentists have the expertise to assess airway development and offer solutions. The goal should be to maximize healthy growth of oral bone structure, mitigate potentially irreversible damage to the temporomandibular (TMJ), and ensure that every child is getting the sleep necessary for their health and development.

Sleep Quality

Sleep quality is a term that is used widely, and sometimes with little concrete meaning behind it. With the variety of sleep testing available, it has not been easy to compare one person’s sleep with another person’s sleep, like body weight and height or how blood pressure can be put into perspective.

SleepImage is a test of health during sleep. It has been thoroughly validated and FDA-cleared to objectively measure sleep with output that has been proven in clinical research to reflect health outcomes. The SleepImage Sleep Quality Index (SQI) is a unit of measure for sleep health that is easy to communicate to patients to help them understand the value and benefit of treatment. The SleepImage test uses a single-sensor device that is easy to apply and low-cost. Nevertheless, it has also proven to be comparable to scoring from polysomnography to evaluate sleep apnea, making this solution a very good fit for the dental sleep market.

SleepImage is a cloud-based software as a medical device that makes it easy for clinicians to practice collaborative care for patients. You can securely share test information across a team of multi-disciplinary care providers to provide the patient with quick, low-cost and accurate data to drive clinical management.

The sleep dentistry market will find that SleepImage makes it possible to practice first-class care, at low-cost. All based on outcomes that are not limited to paused breathing events, but includes cardiac stress from paused breathing, an objective measure of sleep duration, and sleep quality that has been associated with health outcomes.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Imagn Medical Billing Service

Due to the complex nature of medical insurance billing, most dental offices are not equipped with the knowledge to properly credential national payers, submit successful claims, or handle aging and appeals. Imagn Medical Billing Service performs the proper credentialing and billing for you, which results in fewer denials and time well saved as you rely on expert help.

One-Time Credential Fee

$795/per dentist

The key to more successful payments

Our experts complete the process so you can start billing medical insurance. Each dentist billing medical insurance needs to be credentialed.

Pay Per Case

Verification of Benefit

$35 per vob

We get your patient’s insurance information so you can set proper expectations with the patient regarding the specific coverage available and any out of pocket fees. This is the most critical step in all of medical billing.

Per Authorization

$40 per auth

All procedures require pre-authorization in order for your practice to get paid. Gaining appropriate authorization can be challenging, let our experts get the job done for you.

Claim Submission

8% of successful claim

You don’t have time to sit on hold. Let us sit on hold and handle the claim submission work for you  We also handle the aging and appeals so you can focus on your practice.

Choose Your Software

Imagn Software is your one stop solution with both medical billing and dental sleep medicine capabilities with world-class support

What most dentist don’t know is that medical billing can increase your case acceptance rate and ensure your patients get the care they need.

Imagn Software

$195 /month

No contract and your satisfaction guaranteed.

Our goal is to give you the best experience. But if you are not satisfied then we will give you a full refund for your software access fee within 30 days of purchase.

Add Imagn Sleep Software

$100 /month

Our software provides everything you need

to give your patient’s the sleep care they deserve.

Patients can no longer afford to have dentists ignore the responsibility of providing care for sleep disorders. Two out of every three Americans report poor sleep; the ability to breathe well is the most important factor in determining a person’s sleep quality. 

Imagn Software Set-up Fee

$399 one-time fee

No contract and your satisfaction guaranteed.

Our goal is to give you the best experience. But if you are not satisfied then we will give you a full refund for your software access fee within 30 days of purchase.

Choose Your Monthly Devdent Support Program

In order for you to succeed, we offer a unique range of customer support solutions including coaching, online resources, implementation programming, and so much more. We keep an eye on the ever changing industry trends so you can focus on your practice

Medical Billing Support

$200 /month

The program to get and keep your staff trained.

Dental Sleep Medicine Support

$200 /month

The program to implement Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice.


$345 /month

Get both of the Medical Billing and Dental Sleep Medicine Support programs at a discount.

I am already an expert