- Sleep Centres with 20 employees or less –
- Level 1 diagnostic sleep lab (with medical director)
- Level 2 & 3 diagnostic sleep lab (with medical director)
- Other sleep facilities with 20 employees or less –
- CPAP vendor
- Dental sleep centre (should have at least one dentist with appropriate credentials in sleep medicine)
- Behavioural sleep medicine provider (with proof of sleep credential)
- Sleep centres and CPAP vendors with >20 employees –
- Level 1 diagnostic facilities with multiple sites (with medical director)
- Level 2 & 3 diagnostic facilities with multiple sites (with medical director)
- CPAP vendors with multiple sites
- Sleep Centres with 20 employees or less –
*According to the By-laws of the CSS/SCS, “provider map” means a map with contact information of qualified sleep providers in Canada available for the public. The Board of Directors has the power to decide on the appropriate categories of eligible providers. The information on the provider map does not signify endorsement by the CSS/SCS. The provider map shall not be copied by a third party in whole or in part without the specific, written consent of the CSS/SCS.
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Below are the guidelines for the qualifications that are expected for each category.
Sleep Clinics are specialized medical centers that typically treat all sleep disorders. To be listed as a Sleep clinic on the Provider Map, the sleep clinic needs to hold a “Sleep Centre – 20 Employees or Less CSS membership” or a “Sleep Centres and CPAP Vendors With >20 Employees CSS membership”. The sleep clinic is required to have a Medical Director with formal credentials in Sleep Medicine and provincial accreditation by Provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons, or Hospital Accreditation. The Medical Director has to be a physician in good standing with their Provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons to practice medicine. The physicians of the sleep centre are also expected to have acceptable training and credentials in Sleep Medicine. This includes:
- Diploma of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (DABSM; FAASM)
- European Sleep Research Society Somnologist
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Sleep Medicine Diploma
- American Board of Medical Specialties, Certified in Sleep Medicine
The Medical Director must provide his/her license number.
Patients must also be seen by a physician.
- Level I Sleep Clinics
These clinics perform overnight sleep studies in a sleep lab or hospital. During sleep, polysomnography is used to measure brain activity, heartrate, breathing, eye movements, limb movements and oxygen in your blood to help diagnose sleep disorders.
- Level II/III Sleep Clinics
These clinics will use polysomnography that is conducted in your home. The device provided records your oxygen levels, heart rate, airflow, snoring and other parameters while you are asleep. Typically, a level II/II study is used to help diagnose sleep apnea.
Behavioural sleep medicine providers
- Clinical Psychologists
Clinical Psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained to assess, diagnose and treat problems in thinking, feeling and behavior. They use a variety of therapies; they do not prescribe medication. Some clinical psychologists have training in behavioural sleep medicine. Such psychologists have special expertise in the non-pharmacologic treatment of insomnia.
- Insomnia in Adults
Currently, for adults the most effective treatment is “cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia” (CBT-I). CBT-I involves a specific set of techniques, including how to schedule your sleep period to obtain solid sleep, what to do when you can’t sleep, and how to deal with worries and racing thoughts. Clinical psychologists on this list have been trained in CBT-I and can explain it and support you while you use the techniques to improve your sleep. It usually takes 4-8 sessions before you are sleeping well and confident in your ability to maintain good sleep.
- Insomnia in Children and Adolescents
For children, behavioural approaches are commonly used that are based on principles of learning. These approaches often rely on parent training so that the parents can then facilitate changes in the child’s sleep behaviour. Examples of behavioural interventions include establishing routines, developing positive sleep-related associations and improving healthy sleep practices. For adolescents, CBT-I is also used to treat insomnia. Clinical psychologists on this list who work with children and/or adolescents are trained to provide this type of help.
To be listed as a Behavioural sleep medicine provider on the Provider Map, a Clinical Psychologist needs to hold an “Other Sleep Facility – 20 Employees or Less” CSS membership, must be fully licensed for autonomous practice and have documentation of acceptable training and have credentials in Sleep Medicine. This includes one of:
- European Sleep Research Society Somnologist designation
- Graduate work in behavioural sleep medicine
- Clinical training and experience in providing evidence-based sleep treatments including CBT-I
- Sleep Educators
Sleep Educators are healthcare providers and educators who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families, and practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care, educate patients and the community, and advocate for the importance of good sleep. Sleep educators are expected to hold Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) or a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (DBSM), or other equivalent qualification. They must also hold a bachelor’s degree or above, and have at least 1000 hours of experience in clinical sleep health.
Oral Appliance Therapy Providers
The following criteria are required as consideration for listing on the CSS Provider Map as Oral Appliance Therapy Providers for obstructive sleep apnea:
- The dental sleep centre should have at least one dentist with appropriate credentials in sleep medicine.
- Dentists will need to provide their license number to practice dentistry from a Canadian province.
- Documentation to indicate training in dental sleep medicine from a non-profit, non-commercially connected organization (examples would be completion of a university mini residency, a graduate program with a DSM focus (MSc or PhD), or AADSM diploma status).
- To be listed as an Oral Appliance Therapy Provider on the Provider Map, a dental sleep centre needs to hold an “Other Sleep Facility – 20 Employees or Less CSS membership”,
CPAP (PAP) Vendors – CPAP, APAP, BiPAP
Patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea may look for a positive airway pressure (PAP) vendor. PAP is most often an effective treatment for both central and obstructive sleep apnea, as well as sleep-related hypoventilation syndromes.
CPAP vendors must follow Canadian standard in term of CPAP quality.
To be listed as a CPAP vendor on the Provider Map, a CPAP vendor needs to hold either an “Other Sleep Facility – 20 Employees or Less CSS membership” or “Sleep Centres and CPAP Vendors With >20 Employees CSS membership”
Disclaimer: Inclusion in this list does not signify endorsement by the Canadian Sleep Society. This list may not be copied in whole or in part without the specific, written consent of the Canadian Sleep Society.