How much does a sleep study for sleep apnea cost?

This question was asked in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on 11/12/2012.
My husband has been snoring very heavily for over 6 years and he is 42 years old. He smokes ~10 cigarettes a day (he is working to quit). He might have sleep apnea because he often stops breathing in his sleep. There are no other health issues. He is active in sports. We would like to get help in 2012 still. What is the approximate cost of a consultation and sleep study for a patient with health insurance coverage?

Doctors Answers (3)

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 11/13/2012

It depends on your insurance policy and what is allowed under each specific coverage. You can call to have your insurance verified through our Financial Services Department.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 11/13/2012

I cannot answer your question as it really is determined by your insurance coverage, what state you are in, etc. Sleep testing is usually less expensive if you can find a sleep doctor that has his/her own lab; ie, NOT a hospital based lab.but independent Then, once you find the doctor or clinic you could call and ask this question directly to him/her? Typically your husband would have an initial consultation which is an office visit, the sleep study, then a follow-up to review the results and start treatment. Follow-up depends on the treatment.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 11/13/2012

Generally, most insurance companies encourage sleep consultations and, if necessary, sleep studies. Preventing visits to the emergency room or hospital admissions related to heart or brain issues is far more economical than treating sleep disordered breathing. A sleep medicine consultation may cost $300 and a diagnostic sleep study (not in a hospital setting) is about $1500. These figures vary from region to region. Out of hospital sleep labs accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are the most highly regulated. With good insurance the cost should be minimal.