Akron Children's Sleep Center diagnoses and treats children and teens who suffer from severe sleep disruptions that may be caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, obesity, malformation in the face, or conditions such as Down syndrome or spina bifida. Read More...
Our center brings together a team of pediatric neurologists, pulmonologists, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, ear-nose-throat specialists and others to help children and families cope with, and often eliminate, severe sleep disruptions.
We have 4 sleep testing suites, including 2 with showers so families can clean up in the morning after their child's sleep study. There's also a lounge area where parents can sit, relax, read or watch TV.
Chronic lack of sleep may affect a person’s health, job or school performance, memory, mood and behavior. And if children and teens don’t get enough sleep, the entire family may be affected by disrupted sleep.
Use this checklist to help determine if your child should have a sleep disorder evaluation.
If you checked more than 3 statements, particularly statements 1-4, your child or teen should be evaluated for a sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders are more common in children who are obese or who have craniofacial problems, neurological problems or developmental delays.
A sleep study may also be recommended if your child’s sleep problems last longer than a few weeks and interfere with how she feels and functions during the day.
We recommend that you keep a daily sleep diary for a week or two. Write down the time your child takes naps, goes to bed, the time he wakes up, and anything that seems to affect his sleep. Share this information with her doctor and our staff.
We offer tours to help alleviate any fears your child may have and to answer your questions.
Once your child's sleep study has been scheduled, call 330-543-3390 to schedule a tour.
Sleep studies are done at night and mimic your child’s bedtime and sleep rituals. You typically arrive for a sleep study between 8 and 9 p.m. The study takes about 8 hours.
A sleep study is painless. With special electrodes and monitors attached to your child’s face, head and arms prior to sleep, a polysomnography technician monitors your child’s breathing, heart rate, oxygen level, sleep stages and chest and abdominal movement.
One parent must stay in the room during the sleep study. A convertible sleep couch is available in the room.
Our technician tallies the results to pinpoint irregularities and measure their severity. A sleep center doctor reviews the findings to make the diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment.
If your child or teen has breathing problems, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be used. CPAP is a device that can help children and teens breathe and improve their sleep.
It may be used during the second half of the study or on another night. This will show if CPAP helps your child’s sleep problems.
You doctor will have the report of your child's sleep study within 7 to 10 days. A sleep study tells your doctor whether air passages are blocked and whether your child has sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
A treatment plan will be developed to meet your child's individual needs. A multiple sleep latency test may be recommended.
Snoring and sleep apnea rarely go away on their own. Your child's treatment plan may include medical devices or surgery. Medical and oral devices can help open air passages and improve nighttime breathing.
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