Sleep apnea test machines cost between $150 to $300.
A sleep apnea test machine is an important tool for diagnosing the condition and determining the best treatment plan. In this article, we will explore the cost of these at-home test machines, the various types of sleep apnea test machines and plans available on the market, as well as an in-lab option for those seeking treatment for sleep apnea.
I’m Aaron, a sleep expert. Let’s dive into the topics below.
- Sleep apnea test machine cost
- Test machine choices
- In-lab sleep study option
Sleep Apnea Test Machine Cost
The cost of most tests varies depending on where you live, the type of machine, insurance, how long the sleep study is, but it typically ranges from $150 to $300. It sometimes can be more, but this is the general area of cost.
If you are considering having this test done, it’s important to know what type of insurance coverage you have and if any part of the cost may be covered by your plan. Some health insurance providers may cover part or all of the cost for diagnostic tests such as this one, while others will not.
It’s also important to note that there may be certain requirements set by your insurer in order to get coverage for the test, such as needing a referral from your primary care physician or having certain pre-existing conditions.
Overall, the shorter the study and better the insurance coverage, the cheaper it will be. Though, even without insurance, it will still be less compared to getting an in-lab sleep study, which we will discuss later.
What sleep apnea test machines are there?
The two most popular types of at-home sleep apnea machines are the WatchPAT and NightOwl. The first, is a wrist band that you wear, and the second, is a quarter-sized device that wraps around your finger.
The Watchpat sleep study test consists of wearing a small device, called a WatchPAT, on the wrist overnight. The device records body movements and breathing patterns during sleep in order to assess one’s quality of rest and determine if there are any underlying issues such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Results from this type of testing can help doctors diagnose OSA more accurately and prescribe more effective treatment options. In addition, the data collected by the WatchPAT helps patients understand what happens while they are sleeping so that they can take action to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
This revolutionary new device allows individuals to test themselves in the comfort of their own home and then throw it away after use.
The NightOwl disposable comes with everything you need to conduct a sleep apnea test right in your own home. The kit includes an easy-to-use disposable quarter-sized device that wraps around your finger and monitored via Bluetooth technology.
With this device, users can monitor their breathing patterns while they sleep and get instant feedback on their oxygen levels during the night.
In-lab Sleep Study Comparison (Polysomnography)
Although more expensive (can range from $1000 to $6000 depeding insurance), an in-lab sleep study can be completed in one night and your diagnosis is immediate. A polysomnography is the standard for identifying sleep disorders in a lab setting. It is a comprehensive study of sleep and wakefulness. It measures brain waves, breathing, levels of oxygen in the blood, heart rate, limb movements and other physiological activities during sleep.
During a polysomnography exam, electrodes are placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity in the brain. Additional sensors are placed elsewhere on the body to measure muscle tension, breathing patterns and eye movements. These measurements are recorded while you sleep for an entire night or part of a night and monitored by trained healthcare professionals such as technologists or technicians.
The results can diagnose sleep apnea and also provide valuable information about your sleeping habits that may help identify any underlying issues contributing to sleep apnea or other sleeping disorders.
Sleep apnea test machine costs are a major factor when deciding which type of sleep testing to use. The cost of the test machine must be weighed against the benefits that come with it, including its accuracy and ease of use. It is important to consider other costs associated with sleep apnea testing such as insurance, how long it is to get results, and follow-ups.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which type of sleep apnea test best meets your needs and budget. Though, It is recommended to talk with your family doctor before making any decision.