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Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center

Our Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center is dedicated exclusively to the care of children and adolescents. Nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, it is staffed by three experienced board-certified pediatric sleep specialists who offer expert consultation on the full range of sleep disorders.

Our specialists are pursuing NIH-funded research on the impact of insufficient sleep on the health and cognitive functioning of children. We are also testing interventions that can improve the quality and duration of their sleep.

The importance of adequate sleep for children and adolescent is now recognized. Sleep problems such as sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness including narcolepsy and behavioral sleep problems are common and can seriously affect your child’s general health, memory, academic functioning, behavior and mood. Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems can a child’s improve long-term health and development.

Our specialists will use state-of-the-art computerized sleep study equipment to aid in the diagnosis of your child’s sleep disorder. Our sleep laboratory is child-friendly and staffed with seasoned sleep technicians who are expert at obtaining information about your child’s sleep habits, in a comfortable environment, with a parent in attendance.

Once a sleep study is performed our team will review the results and design a treatment plan to improve the quality of sleep. We often use a multidisciplinary approach to address your child’s condition, working with pediatric ENT physicians, obesity experts, bariatric surgeons, developmental specialists, craniofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, neuromuscular physicians, and gastroenterologists.

We also have a nurse practitioner/educator on hand to help you, and you and your child accommodate to CPAP/BPAP titration. To help with other issues, we have a social worker on staff, and access to behavioral therapists.

Conditions we treat include 

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Central sleep apnea or hypoventilation
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  • Parasomnias
  • Night terrors
  • Sleepwalking (somnambulism)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep schedule abnormalities
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Behavioral sleep problems

 

Our services include:

  • Sleep Consultation: The sleep specialist will first perform a comprehensive sleep history and physical examination. You can provide important supplemental information for the initial consultation by bringing a completed two-week sleep log and a sleep questionnaire to your office visit.
  • Sleep laboratory: The Center has a comfortable child-friendly two-bed sleep laboratory, located in Sarah E. Nash Lung Center that provides a full range of sleep studies. During a sleep study, your child is monitored for multiple brain and body activities, including brain waves (EEG), eye movements, limb movements, muscle activity, and heart rate. Other monitors measure breathing, chest and abdominal respiration, airflow at the nose and mouth, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
  • Polysomnograms: For certain problems (such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea) overnight sleep studies (polysomnograms) may be required as an aid to diagnosis. You are able to stay overnight with your child, while technicians monitor your child continuously while providing one-on-one physical and emotional support.
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT): This test is used to determine how sleepy your child is and aids in the diagnosis of narcolepsy. The MSLT consists of four to five naps at two-hour intervals during the daytime.
  • Actigraphy: This test employs a wristwatch-like device to measure sleep patterns during your child’s regular activities. It is helpful to evaluate many sleep disorders and is performed outside the sleep laboratory.
  • Complex respiratory disorder evaluations: We are experts in CPAP titration for sleep apnea, ventilator titration to assess the respiration of children who depend on a ventilator, noninvasive ventilation titration to manage hypoventilation, tracheostomy evaluation to aid in tube removal, and oxygen titration to evaluate the oxygen needs of children with severe chronic lung disease.

To make an appointment for your child at the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, please call us at (212) 305-2406 or (212) 305-5122.

The Sleep Clinic and Sleep Lab
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

3959 Broadway, CHC 7-701
New York, NY 10032

Westside Sleep Clinic
ColumbiaDoctors Westside 

21 West 86 Street
New York, NY 10024

The Sleep Clinic and Sleep Lab 
32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Suite 11
Stamford, CT 06902