Sleep Apnea and Test Fees

How are snoring and obstructive sleep apnea connected? 

Snoring is a loud annoying sound produced during both light and deep sleep. This is caused by soft tissues vibrating inside the throat.  Snoring can have important health and relationship concerns, but can also be a sign of a more serious problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the airway actually closes during sleep. This can be a serious health disorder that requires investigation and treatment. Different parts of the airway can collapse in different people, so it is important to be assessed by an experienced physician when investigating OSA. Typically, OSA happens in those who are overweight, or having a small jaw or blocked nose. It also affects males more than females. Not everyone who snores will have OSA, but almost everyone with OSA will be a snorer too. 

Is there a test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

People with very loud or bothersome snoring, or those who have partners that witness them choking or gasping at night, should have a sleep study. A sleep study can both establish the diagnosis and also check how severe the problem is and in some cases guide therapy too. At St. Joseph’s there are two ways a sleep study can organized for you – hospital-based or in your own home. 

Hospital-based sleep lab: This is performed at either London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital Sleep Lab, or in a local lab closer to your home if one is available.  In the hospital you would sleep overnight in the sleep lab where technicians would monitor numerous components of your sleep including, but not limited to brainwaves, body position, snoring sounds, blood pressure and heart rate.  

At-home sleep study: This is not as detailed, but usually gives enough information to make treatment decisions and does have the advantage of being in the comfort of your own home.  At-home sleep studies are not covered by OHIP and do have a fee associated with them. Please see fees below.

What happens if I want to have a home sleep study?

If you and your family physician agree that a home sleep study is the best option for you, then you would be referred to the Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital, where Dr. Brian Rotenberg would consult with you on your sleep concerns, including a history and physical exam. You will learn about the at home sleep study and you will receive the sleep testing machine to take home for overnight use. You return the machine the next day where the data would be reviewed and a report sent to your family doctor, after which further treatment would be prescribed as clinically indicated.

Fees for at-home sleep apnea test:

Disposable probe

$50.00

Equipment rental fee

$36.50

Physician assessment of study

$98.50

Total Cost:

$185.00

Fees are subject to change.

Last updated: Tue, 2017-05-09 10:09