Depends the type, but in-lab tests can range from $500 to $6000 depending insurance. Home tests range from $100-$500.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that impacts millions of people in the United States and yet, many remain unaware of the condition. It is characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, mainly due to an obstruction in the airway.
Diagnosing sleep apnea does not have to be difficult. There are in-home and in-lab tests that can diagnose the issue so you can be treated.
I am Aaron, a sleep expert. This article will provide an overview of what these tests are, how much they cost, and how to go about getting one.
What are the types of sleep apnea tests?
An in-home sleep apnea test provides an easy and convenient way for those who suspect they are suffering from this disorder to get tested without having to leave their home or even see a doctor.
The test is provided in the form of a small, portable device that you can use to track your sleep.
This device comes with sensors that are placed on your head and chest area. It will also come with a microphone so it can record noises during your sleep and analyze them later.
Your doctor will tell you to wear it every night for a period of time then turn it to so he/she can read the results.
The procedure is much the same as the in-home test, yet is more in depth. The positive is that it only takes one night instead of many. It is called a polysomnogram.
The doctor will monitor you through one night and make any adjustments necessary, generally by applying continuous positive airway pressure if needed, to diagnose if you have sleep apnea or not.
How much does a sleep apnea test cost with insurance?
The cost of an in-home test with insurance depends on several factors including your health plan, the type of equipment used, and how long the testing is done. Typically, tests range anywhere from $100 to $300 for those who use their insurance plans.
This may sound expensive but it’s significantly cheaper than traditional sleep studies which can easily exceed $1,000 out of pocket. Your insurer may even cover a portion or all of the cost depending on the policy.
The average cost for an in-lab sleep test ranges from $500 – $6,000 depending on the type of test being done and the patient’s insurance coverage. If the patient has good health insurance benefits, they may pay less than if their policy pays only a portion of their bill.
Additionally, it is important to consider any additional costs associated with the procedure such as doctor’s fees or anesthesia costs that may add up quickly.
How to get a sleep apnea test?
The best person to talk to about this test is likely your primary care physician or family doctor, although other medical professionals like ENT’s may also be able to assist you.
Your physician will be able to discuss your symptoms with you, assess your risks for the disorder, and refer you for further testing if necessary. They can also explain what types of tests may be available and help you find a qualified specialist to perform them.
In some cases, they may even be able to provide the actual testing themselves in their own office.
The cost of a sleep study test can vary greatly depending on the type of test prescribed and the area in which it is conducted. For those who are dealing with severe sleep apnea, it is important to seek help as soon as possible to avoid long-term health issues.
The cost of a sleep study test should not be a barrier to obtaining treatment.
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