Pediatric Sleep Studies
Lack of sleep can cause both physical and emotional problems. When a child is suffering from lack of sleep, the parent is too. Franciscan Health conducts pediatric sleep studies to get to the bottom of sleep disorders and help everyone sleep better.
Pediatric Sleep Studies to Help You and Your Child Get a Good Night’s Rest
Franciscan Health sleep centers provide a comfortable, easily accessible, highly responsive facility to serve patients and physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and related neurological disorders in children.
Each diagnosis begins with a thorough patient history, including medical, psychiatric, sleep and drug histories. You and your child will then spend the night in our facility for a monitored sleep study. The pediatric sleep study staff then pulls together data from a sleep diary, personal knowledge of sleep habits, and data from the monitored sleep study to prepare a thorough report for the referring physician.
Why consider a pediatric sleep study?
Our staff is particularly focused on the comfort and care of both parent and child. The state-of-the-art sleep study facility is designed to ensure your peace of mind and help your child be comfortable. If your child is suffering from any of the following, talk to your pediatrician about pediatric sleep studies:
- Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD)
- Possible sleep apnea
- Neuromuscular defects or craniofacial anomalies
- Large tonsils associated with snoring
- Bed wetting
- Poor school performance
- Night terrors
- Parasomnias (sleep walking, sleep talking, grinding teeth)
- Waking several times throughout the night
- Easily distracted
- Inability to stay focused
- Daytime sleepiness
What to expect during a pediatric sleep study?
There is a lot of equipment used in an overnight polysomnogram (PSG) but parents will stay with their child throughout the entire study and our technologists make every effort to ensure a light-hearted and comfortable experience. After paperwork has been filled out the polysomnographer (sleep technician) will begin attaching the monitoring equipment.
EEG and EMG leads will be placed on the child’s head, face and legs along with an EKG monitor and respiratory effort belts. We will also monitor the child’s oxygen and carbon dioxide levels throughout the night with a finger-tip pulse oximeter, nasal oral airflow thermistor and capnometer; and finally a snore sensor is placed on the child’s neck to pick up any vibrations during the night.
Before “Lights Out,” the technician will ask the child to perform a series of actions such as looking to the right and left, breathing in and out, coughing, etc. to ensure the signals are appearing correctly.
The entire study is video & audio recorded and your technician is available to help with any needs you may have throughout the night. Once the study has ended, the same questions are asked before the leads are removed to ensure the validity of the signals.
A technician will score the study and report all findings to the physician who will review the results with you and determine treatment options as necessary.