For Children and Adolescents
What to expect
Upon arriving at the Sleep Center, you and your child will be shown to your private room. At this time you will see an educational video that describes obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. This is an opportunity to learn more about the sleep study. Your technologist will assist you and answer any questions you may have.
The technologist will attach various sensors and monitoring leads to your child's body with paste, tape and adhesive patches. This process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. In some situations you may need to return to the Sleep Center for additional testing or treatment. Your doctor will discuss the outcome of your sleep study and make recommendations based on the diagnostic information collected during the sleep study.
You may remain in the room as needed to help your child settle in for the night. We would like your child to feel at home and be as comfortable as possible during the study, so please let us know if you have any special needs. We have a family room for parents to sleep.
After waking you between 6-7 a.m. the following morning, a light breakfast will be provided to you and your child.
How to prepare
To ensure a quality study:
- Bathe and shampoo your child’s hair before coming in for your appointment. Do not use styling gels, hair sprays, etc. after you shampoo
- Do not use any makeup, skin creams or conditioners on your body.
- Please plan to have your evening meal at home and avoid caffeine after 2 p.m.
- Talk with your child about the study to prepare him/her for the procedure.
- Avoid naps the day of the test.
What to bring
- Completed questionnaire, sleep diary or any forms you were asked to complete.
- Overnight kit with toiletries, including shampoo.
- Medications normally taken before bed and the following day, including aspirin, antacids, insulin, etc. Medications are not available at the Sleep Center.
- Any recognizable item that may make your child more comfortable, such as their own pillow, blanket, toys, books, DVD’s, music or snacks.
- Sleepwear. We want you to be comfortable, so if your child is used to sleeping in their underwear, that’s fine.
- Insurance card; we need to make a copy for our records.
Because we care about your health, there is no use of tobacco throughout the building and grounds. This includes e-cigarettes. Contact your provider with any concerns. Your provider may be able to prescribe a nicotine patch for you.