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How much can a sleep study cost?

How much can a sleep study cost?

Price Can Vary: The fees charged for any type of study including sleep studies can vary significantly. Sleep clinics will usually charge more for non-insured patients as healthcare plans negotiate the fee in advance. If you have insurance contact you agent and see if they have a contracted rate. Call any local sleep clinics to find out their rates. Check with county or state programs if without insurance. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep Study (Definition)

An overnight recording of a persons sleep including sleep stages, time awake vs. Asleep, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, breathing effort, snoring, arousals and leg movements. Conducted in a sleep center is considered an attended study and at home it is considered an unattended study. At home studies do not record as much information as an attended study ...Read more


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How often should I have a sleep study done?

How often should I have a sleep study done?

Depends: A sleep study should be done if you have signs of a sleep problem, need follow up to determine if treatment is successful, or if there is a change in your sleep situation requiring a reevaluation by your physician. Hope that helps... ...Read more

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How difficult is it to sleep during a sleep study?

Sometimes: It doesn't hurt at all. But some people feel odd sleeping in another bed and in a clinic room. I suggest that you bring your own - great pillow. If you have a blanket that you love to use - bring that too. Wear comfy jammies. Some sleep labs make the rooms look like regular bedrooms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sleep study?

What is the definition or description of: sleep study?

Sleep observation: An overnight recording of a persons sleep including sleep stages, time awake vs. Asleep, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, breathing effort, snoring, arousals and leg movements. Conducted in a sleep center is considered an attended study and at home it is considered an unattended study. At home studies do not record as much information as an attended study in a sleep center. ...Read more

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What are the main tests performed during a sleep study?

What are the main tests performed during a sleep study?

12 or more possible: The main tests performed during a sleep study include sleep stages, body position, microarousals, leg movement, heart rate, how many times breathing stops or air flow is reduced, blood oxygen level, snoring, chest & abdomen movement. A sleep study is the only way to determine if one has sleep apnea. Treatment usually involves an oral appliance, CPAP maching or surgery. ...Read more

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What can they attach to you in an overnight sleep study?

What can they attach to you in an overnight sleep study?

Many things: Among the things measured include brain waves, jaw muscle activity, breathing rate, blood oxygen, pulse, chest activity, and abdominal activity. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have the results of sleep study??

How long does it take to have the results of sleep study??

Depends: Upon the process at the place doing the sleep study. Although the results can probably be determined by the following day, these results should be interpreted by the ordering physician. You should ask the doctor who ordered the test when to expect results, or schedule an appointment with the doctor to discuss the results. ...Read more

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How much does a sleep study cost? I don't have health insurance.

How much does a sleep study cost? I don't have health insurance.

Thousands: Sleep studies are anywhere from $2000-4000 dollars and may need to be repeated to get the right settings for a CPAP machine if it is found you have sleep apnea. It may be better to speak with a physician to look at other causes for fatigue or insomnia first, but you might have already done that and had this study recommended. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if I go to the sleep study and nothing is diagnosed?

What happens if I go to the sleep study and nothing is diagnosed?

It depends.: There are two possible conclusions, either:
1) You do not have a sleep disorder (at least, not one that can be detected by a sleep study), or
2) You do have a detectable sleep disorder but this one test did not find it.
It is possible for a single night in a sleep lab to miss a sleep disorder (night-to-night variation, sleeping in a strange place, etc.) If the suspicion level is high, repeat it. ...Read more

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How many microarousals are normal during a sleep study? I had 314.

How many microarousals are normal during a sleep study? I had 314.

Varies: Micro arousals can be attributed to many causes. I would rely upon my doctor whom ordered the sleep study or the sleep specialist who evaluates the study to provide you with the best info for your questions. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having a sleep study done. What if I can't sleep?

What to do if I'm having a sleep study done. What if I can't sleep?

See below.: Discuss this with the doctor who is ordering the test. Under certain circumstances a mild sleeping pill can be given at the beginning of the test to help a person fall asleep. Sometimes, though, the purpose of the test is to find out why you are not sleeping. ...Read more

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What if I'm not comfortable, will that make my sleep study inaccurate?

What if I'm not comfortable, will that make my sleep study inaccurate?

Yes: It certainly can. It's one of the most common causes of faulty, inaccurate sleep studies. ...Read more

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Going for a sleep study test tonight. What can they diagnose with an overnight test?

For starters:: Restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, REM behavioral disorder, nocturnal bruxism, and sometimes seizures. So many things to look for, but overall, hopefully they can find something that can be treated and offer you assistance. ...Read more

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I just had a sleep study and have a mylochonic index of 40.5. Is that something to worry about?

I just had a sleep study and have a mylochonic index of 40.5. Is that something to worry about?

Need more info: Just to say "myoclonic index" is vague and uninterpretable unless we know which body part is under discussion (legs, neck, chin, hands/fingers). Also, is the index under discussion with arousals or not? Arousal events are considered to be more important than non-arousal events. So, just the number itself doesn't tell the whole story. More questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I didn't get much sleep last night or before and I have a sleep study test tonight. Will it effect results?

I didn't get much sleep last night or before and I have a sleep study test tonight. Will it effect results?

Maybe: Let the technician know what happened... Or consider giving them a call in case they would like to reschedule you... ...Read more

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During my sleep study, why wasn't I given a cpap?

During my sleep study, why wasn't I given a cpap?

AHI: Apnea hypopnea index is defined as the number of these events recorded in a psg test per hour of sleep. This index must first be objectively discovered and it is the standard by which a board certified sleep specialist uses in diagnosing the level of obstructive sleep apnea and makes recommendations like CPAP before treating a particular condition. ...Read more

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What happens if I had a sleep study done, why wasn't I given a cpap?

What happens if I had a sleep study done, why wasn't I given a cpap?

No sleep apnea?: I would have to guess that the sleep study did not show sleep apnea, the only condition for which a sleep study would indicate the use of CPAP. This could be because either: 1) You do not have sleep apnea, or 2) You do have sleep apnea but this one sleep study did not show it. Sometimes it takes more than one sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Could a dentist order a home sleep study (hst)?

Could a dentist order a home sleep study (hst)?

MD: Most dentists who treats OSA patients must work with a medical sleep specialist. Most insurance plans require an MD to order the tests. ...Read more

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When is a? A sleep study needed for a three year old?

When is a? A sleep study needed for a three year old?

? sleep study?: I worry about sleep apnea (sa) if a kid is snoring at three, having pauses over 10sec between breaths, or seems excessively tired compared to his/her playmates. Sometimes you can simply record the snoring behavior & take it in for review & many local ent's will remove tonsils/adenoids on that basis. Occasionally a sleep study may reveal asymptomatic sa. I have never actually found the need to do one. ...Read more

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Suffer from narcolepsy, I think. Should I get a sleep study?

Suffer from narcolepsy, I think. Should I get a sleep study?

Yes you should: The test you need is called a multiple sleep latency test which is performed in a sleep lab. It involves being monitored overnight and then taking a series of naps the next day to assess your level of excessive sleepiness. ...Read more

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What does a myoclonic index of 40.5 mean on my sleep study report?

What does a myoclonic index of 40.5 mean on my sleep study report?

Myoclonus: Are - muscle contractions in the form of "jerks" or twitches, Index 0f 40.5 means approx 41 jerks per hour which seems high and may be related to a pain disorder as the main cause of your underlying sleep disorder. ...Read more

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What does a sleep study apnea score of 46 mean? What are my next steps?

What does a sleep study apnea score of 46 mean? What are my next steps?

Sleep apnea: An Apnea Hypopnea Index of 46 suggests moderate sleep apnea. Your sleep specialist will need to determine why this is happening before a treatment can be recommended. It is safe to assume that you will be started on a trial of CPAP or BiPAP before any alternate treatments such as head and neck surgery are explored. If obesity is a contributing factor, effective management must include weight loss. ...Read more

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Every night I'm always too tired to do my homework. Should I do a sleep study?

Every night I'm always too tired to do my homework. Should I do a sleep study?

See below: If you are young, (under 30) and not overweight, you probably do not need a sleep study. The first thing to do anyway is to look at your habits. What time do you go to bed? Do you get enough sleep at night for you? Do you wake up ready to go in the morning? Are you hooked on caffeine? Do you exercise? These are just some of the questions that you can ask. A doctor can help with the rest. ...Read more

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What to do if my hubby just got sleep study results for apnea, what does it mean?

Sleep apnea: Hello. Once the diagnosis of sleep apnea is rendered, see your sleep specialist who will develop a treatment plan. CPAP, positioning, weight loss, dental devices or surgery are options. No treatment may be deadly. Personally, my father lived without treatment despite our family pleas and he passed prematurely from a massive heart attack at 69. Get treated. ...Read more

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What does "slerp architecture indicated absence of deep sleep" mean on sleep study?

What does "slerp architecture indicated absence of deep sleep" mean on sleep study?

Stages 3 & 4: Stages 3 and 4 are referred to as deep sleep or delta sleep. Discuss correlating this with your problem with sleep MD. ...Read more

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Hsd a sleep study done and my 02 fell to 86% during deep sleep. Is this normal? Seems low.

Hsd a sleep study done and my 02 fell to 86% during deep sleep. Is this normal? Seems low.

No.: If you had a sleep study then the doctor who ordered it should address this question. As a rule we like to see O2 levels remain above 90% during sleep, although even higher levels, if more than 3 or 4 points below your usual O2 level during sleep, and if associated with a detectable breathing disturbance, can be a sign of a problem. COPD, etc., can cause lower O2 levels during sleep as well. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more