All you need to know about a Home Sleep Apnea Test
If you or your loved ones is showing signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea – they are snoring, stopping breathing, always tired, high blood pressure, headaches, always falling asleep, the list goes on and on, it may be time for a Home Sleep Apnea Test.
This type of test does need to be referred to by your doctor, so they are your first step. Talk to them about the symptoms you are experiencing and don’t leave anything out – as you’ve seen above, sleep apnea can lead to all sorts of issues. Next, you can discuss the best way to get tested. In some provinces, like Manitoba there is a provincial program that is partially covered by your provincial health coverage. The wait times for these tests can be quite long so in most cases there is also a private option, like through Medigas Manitoba.
We have quick booking rates to screen you for sleep apnea quickly. Since it is a private program there is a small fee for the study.
Now is good time to talk to insurance if you have. Ask if they provide coverage for a Sleep Apnea Test, and if they have coverage for CPAP equipment (more on that later). It is important to know if you have a deductible, annual cap and what requirements they have.
Our trained Sleep Therapists will take time to make sure that you are comfortable with the equipment and answer any questions you may have about the test or sleep apnea. That night you will use the machine and return it the next day for scoring.
One of our Sleep Doctors will interpret your sleep report and determine a plan for treatment if needed. If you do have obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP is the best form of treatment, but there may be other options. If you don’t have sleep apnea, congratulations! You can rest easy that sleep apnea is not your problem.
If you have any more questions, you are welcome to ask them here, through the chat or by phoning 204-786-2727.
Thanks for reading and happy sleeping!