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Do you have problems sleeping? See if you qualify for one of our clinical trials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get an appointment?

    If you are a patient who wants to be seen at one of our MedSleep clinics, you need to talk to your doctor about initiating the referral process.

    Download a referral form.

    You can print our referral form and take this to your family doctor who needs to fill it out and fax it to us. Alternatively, you can call us and we can e-mail or fax you a referral form.

    Once we receive the referral form, our staff will contact you directly to book an appointment. Your doctor will determine whether or not you require a consultation or sleep study or perhaps both.

  • How do I prepare for an overnight sleep study?

    There is no special preparation needed. For example, you should eat your usual evening meal before coming for the test. Be sure you have the phone number of the sleep lab so you can call us if you have any questions. It is important to maintain your typical sleep schedule in the preceding 7 days (i.e. sleeping in late on the day of the study will interfere with the results). You should also continue to take your regular medications as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Are sleep tests covered by government run health plans?

    Unfortunately sleep testing is not covered by all health plans. In Ontario level 1 sleep studies are covered however this testing is currently not covered at our clinics in Edmonton, Calgary or Halifax (please call the local clinic for more information on pricing).

  • Are these studies covered by insurance?

    Some insurance providers cover sleep testing. Please check with your provider.

  • What are the types of sleep testing offered and what are the differences?

    A Level 1 Sleep Study (polysomnography)

    A Level 1 Overnight Sleep Study (Level 1) or diagnostic polysomnography is considered the gold standard in sleep testing. The overnight polysomnogram (PSG) is used to help determine the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and to diagnose some sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and periodic limb movements during sleep. This sleep test involves spending a night in a private bedroom in our sleep laboratory. A sleep technologist will monitor brain waves (EEG), heart rhythm (EKG), breathing patterns, oxygen levels and limb movements. It is the most complete state of the art method to diagnose sleep disorders.

    What happens during a Level 1 sleep study?

    It will take the technologist about an hour to prepare you for the procedure. This is a simple process of attaching electrodes using a removable cream/gel and tape. The electrodes do not pierce the skin. In the morning you will be able to leave from a night study in time for your usual daily activities (approximately by 6-7 am).

    You can read until you are ready to go to bed. At that time, the technologist will connect you to recording equipment. There is a control area, separate from each bedroom where the technologist monitors the procedure. The technologist will do all she or he can to make your stay a pleasant one. Do not be afraid to ask questions. The technologist will have two or three patients to look after per night. You will have private rooms with a bathroom close by. If you have to use the washroom during the night, just call for the technologist who will disconnect you from the recording equipment. Cameras may be used to observe you sleep.

    During a full sleep study, the staff will monitor your brain wave activity, leg muscle activity, chin muscle tone, eye muscle movement, heart function, breathing patterns, and blood oxygen saturation.

    All monitoring is done by attaching small metal discs called electrodes onto the surface of your skin.

    A Level 3 Sleep Study (in-home portable sleep monitoring)

    A Level 3 Sleep Test is a portable sleep test performed in the patient's home. This test is used to screen moderate uncomplicated sleep apnea but is not able to diagnose other sleep disorders. The sleep test equipment is picked up by the patient in the laboratory where instructions are provided for its use. It is then returned in the morning where the study data is uploaded for analysis. It is not as accurate as the above test.


Actual Comments From Our Patients

Moncton - Jan 2016:

  • I would like to thank you and the team at Moncton Sleep Institute for the superb care and service that you provide.
  • I just wanted to express my appreciation for the fine professional service that I have been granted by your company over the last few years. I started dealing with Laura, then Angela Hoffman, and now yourself.  Each time,  with each individual, and even dealing with your receptionist,  I have been treated with excellent, professional service, and I  don't take these things for granted.  I have, in the past, and will continue to refer people to your organization, in the future, when the opportunity arises.

Vancouver- Jan 2016:

  • Dr. Comey is very dedicated authentically interested and accommodating in difficult circumstance.
  • The woman at reception is outstanding.  She is so kind and understanding.  I wish I had the same experience everywhere I went.
  • The service has been fantastic in every aspect.
Nanaimo- Jan 2016:
  • Lab was very comfortable, and the lab tech was very pleasant and knowledgable.
Toronto - Eglinton- Jan 2016:
  • It ran like a well-oiled machine.
Toronto - Thornhill - Jan 2016:
  • Dr. Kohn saw me in a timely manner for both my consult and follow up appointments.  I was well informed about the process before sleep test and diagnosis in terms I could understand.
Toronto - Etobicoke- Jan 2016:
  • Hibo is absolutely lovely and a pleasure to deal with.
  • Having worked in health regulation with several health colleges, the CPSO being one, I am acutely aware of the fine balance of being professional  yet personable.  Dr. Rittaka is such a physician and he is an asset to your team.
Pembroke - Jan 2016:

  • Well organized, nice setting, comfortable bed.
  • The doctor was an excellent communicator and took time to make sure all my questions were answered.

Halifax - Jan 2016:

  • Dr Marval - Ospino‚Äč has consistently provided me with outstanding care - empathetic, timely, well-reasoned. I appreciate everything he has done for me.
  • Dr. Marval has been integral in my treatment, he is very supportive and understanding of my condition, and is always concerned about my health and well-being.

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Disorders We Manage

We manage the full spectrum of sleep disorders including:

  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Obstructive Apnea
  • Periodic Limb Movement
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
  • Daytime Sleepiness, Fatigue
  • Sleep Walking
  • Night Terrors, Nightmares
  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia
  • Jet Lag
  • Shift Work Sleep Disorder
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders

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