Pediatric Sleep Troubles

A good night's sleep is essential to the growth and development of children, and children require much more sleep than adults. Sometimes however, children are unable to get the necessary amounts of nightly sleep that they need, and it can sometimes be attributed to a sleep disorder.

At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we provide consultation and therapeutic management for a wide variety of pediatric sleep disorders. We understand that your child's health is important to you and we want to assure you that our Board Certified Sleep Physicians are highly adept at treating child sleep disorders.

Children require more special care than adults and it is important to us that our physicians are trained in communicating with children of all ages and are experienced in calming the fears of nervous young patients while providing quality care for them  in a relaxed, non-threatening environment.

 

Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders in Children:
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Pediatric Sleep Study Information

For children, sleep problems tend to get progressively worse overtime if not treated. For example, untreated night terrors as a toddler could lead to a child who frequently sleepwalks. For children with sleep disorders, getting treatment early is important because untreated disorders can contribute to later health problems and development inssues.

If after a consultation it is determined that your child needs a sleep study here are some of the tests and procedures used in determining your child's sleep disorders:

  • Electorencephalogram (EEG): Monitors brain activity and aids in diagnosing pediatric_study500.jpgpossible seizure disorders.

  • Electrooculogram (EOG): Records Eye movements and determines when the REM sleep cycle occurs.

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): Monitors electrical activity of the heart.

  • Thermocouple and Respiratory effort:Monitors the airflow and effort to identify breathing problems such as snoring or obstructive breathing.

  • Electromyogram (EMG): Measures muscle tension and aids in the diagnosis of limb movement disorders.

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Titration studies: for children with sleep apnea.

  • Ventilator Titration studies: for chidren who rely on ventilators to breathe.


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