What are the different types of Sleep Tests?
The main 3 types of sleep testing are categorized in levels such as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Sleep Diagnostics.
Level 1 Sleep Testing
Is a Full Polysomnography performed in the hospital or facility that has registered sleep technicians setting you up, monitoring you, scoring your test and potentially providing therapy at the time of testing if clinically indicated.
Level 2 Sleep Testing
Is a partial Polysomnography performed in the comfort of your own home. It can detect nearly everything the Level 1 test can for a proper diagnosis of sleep apnea or sleep disorder.
Level 3 Sleep Testing
Is a Home Diagnostics tool that is widely used for diagnostics as they are easily accessible, cheaper and obtain all the signals required for potential diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and treatment recommendation.
In a Lab
Saturation (Oxygen levels)
Brain Activity - Sleep Stages
What It Diagnoses
Leg & Body - PLMD
REM Sleep Disorder
Which Sleep Test is right for me?
All levels of sleep test will be able to detect obstructive sleep apnea through the Respiratory efforts, Heart Rate/ Oxygen, Positional sensors and airflow/ vibratory sensors. Level 3 Home Sleep tests are readily accessible, are more cost effective and provide more than enough information to determine the severity of obstructive sleep apnea, which is the majority of the issues we are looking for.
In addition to the abilities of the Level 3 Home Sleep Tests, the Level 2 Home Polysomnography allows detection of limb movements, ECG/EKG/EMG/EOG/EEG paradoxical breathing and has a microphone for detection of sleep talking/snoring.
Level 1 Polysomnography has 18 EEG sensors vs. 1-2, and include ALL other sensors that are monitored live by a Sleep Technician. If there is PTSD, severe cardiac issues and Respiratory illnesses, it may be best to go through the PSG at the hospital.
Home Sleep Tests are a great affordable option for quickly detecting and treating (if clinically recommended) sleep apnea to better one’s health.
- Wake up throughout the night?
- Have Bathroom Breaks? (Did you know it is not normal to start waking up throughout the night as we age?)
- Have Diabetes?
- Have High Blood Pressure?
- Have Restless Sleep?
- Have chronic fatigue?
- Does your energy plummet in the early afternoon?
- Take naps?
If you’ve answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, you may want to consider talking to your physician about a Sleep Test,
either in Hospital or at your own home.
Self-assess with the two Questionnaires
Home Sleep Apnea Testing is open to the public without a referral. We always recommend family physicians to be part of your health plan. To ensure that is available, we have provided a Referral Link . Simply download the form, bring it to your physician and it can either be faxed or uploaded online under "upload a file" or online during the medical intake form!
Is the Sleep Test covered through OHIP?
At this time, Home Sleep Apnea Testing provides a private route for quick, early diagnosis & treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
What treatment can I get if I test positive?
We go through a thorough medical history intake that assists us and the physicians to better understand the nature of the issue and tackle whatever it is straight on with a few different options. CPAP Therapy remains the Golden Standard that naturally should be looked at. However, we have other sleep and sleep apnea aids and will assess each individual case by case for the best therapy available.
If the therapy works, we help our patients obtain treatment prescriptions from their family physicians. All Insurances are different and we will assist with any coverage that you may be eligible for.
Diagnostic & Treatment for Sleep Apnea are usually covered by extended health benefits. We assist you the entire way to obtaining a prescription for the treatment you need. Free shipping and virtual consultations are available!
Is CPAP Covered in Ontario with a Level 3 Home Sleep Test?
With over a decade of Insurance experience, we will work with you & your family doctor to help get your therapy covered. Coverage is subject to the specific plan.
The COVID supply crunch has placed a lot of pressure on CPAP machines that are ADP-Approved leading to months of delay and added unneeded rental expenses. Additionally, line items that are ineligible insurance expenses such as Professional Fees and Monitoring Fees are being added to the ADP-funded machine bill due to an overall reduction in Government coverage, now totaling $415.50. Unfortunately, due to the new price breakdown and reduction of the dollar amount in coverage by the Ministry of Health, private insurance holders are getting significantly less coverage for ADP-funded machines resulting in the patients assuming more of the cost.
Through the Private route of Home Sleep Testing, we assist with, if clinically applicable, the purchase of a CPAP machine, insurance navigation, gather necessary documents, and assist from beginning to end with the entire process. Some insurers will partially cover CPAP machines, others will only cover accessories for the CPAP package. Our team will educate you on your insurance coverage and how to properly submit claims for approval and maximum coverage.
ResMed’s ApneaLink Air™ provides performance and reliability in a very compact, lightweight and easy-to-use home sleep testing device ever.
Easy to use, Accurate results, what else can we ask for?
Is CPAP Covered in Ontario with
a Level 3 Home Sleep Test?
There are a few routes that you may go to obtain a CPAP package. To better visualize, we have summed up an average cost for CPAP packages when purchased through Local Ottawa Providers. Please note, actual prices may differ from provider to provider.
Insurance coverage for Entire CPAP package:
$550- $1200.00Estimated Out of Pocket: $550- $1000.00+
Home Sleep Test
Insurance Coverage: $500.00 - $1600.00
Estimated Out of Pocket: $325.00 - $2050.00
ADP CPAP Coverage: $0.00
Insurance Coverage: $0.00
Out of Pocket Cost: $1750.00
**Quebec Citizens' Insurance will cover CPAPs machines with Home Sleep Testing as standard process.
***Professional fees, Protection Packages and other hidden fees when going through ADP are NOT covered by your Extended Health.
Whatever the case may be, we will be able to direct you to the proper care and treatment that you need with no commitment. Our collaborative multidisciplinary approach to your health plan will surely exceed any expectations connecting you to the specialized therapy you deserve.
Whether it's CPAP, Oral Appliance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positional Therapy, Sleep Consultant, Sleep Hygiene review, Light Therapy, or an urgent referral to a Sleep Lab for further investigation, we've got you covered.
Don't lose sleep again, find out if a Home Sleep Apnea Test is right for you!
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