Children’s Pediatric Sleep Laboratory performs overnight sleep studies on infants, children and adolescents. During a sleep study, EEG is measured, along with eye movement, to assess sleep stages. Physiologic parameters typically recorded during a sleep study include pulse oximetry, end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring, nasal and oral airflow, chest wall, abdominal and limb movement, ECG, and other parameters as indicated. This testing evaluates the presence and severity of central apnea, obstructive apnea, and other respiratory events during sleep.
CPAP/BiPAP titration is performed for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who require non-surgical intervention. Sleep studies also are performed to evaluate the need for nocturnal oxygen in patients with lung disease and the need for nocturnal ventilator support in patients with neuromuscular weakness.
Children’s sleep laboratory is a four-bed facility featuring testing equipment for diagnostic polysomnography and therapeutic application of CPAP/BiPAP. The lab is open Monday through Saturday and conducts overnight sleep studies and daytime multiple sleep latency tests by appointment. More than a thousand pediatric sleep tests are performed annually.
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