Testing & Procedures to Detect Sleep Disorders

To make an appointment with a Pediatric Sleep Medicine Specialist
call 317-338-2825

The peak age for diagnosis is 2-4 years of age, but our Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center has evaluated and treated children of all ages (newborn through age 18). We aim to detect the treat the these conditions early in order to prevent chronic health problems. Our Center is also well-prepared to evaluate the child with complex and challenging medical needs.

  • A genetic disorder (such as Down syndrome)
  • A Craniofacial deformity
  • Or the child born prematurely

Polysomnography PSG – Commonly referred to as an overnight sleep study records the brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements during the study period.

Lung function testing– This painless test is done by the pediatric respiratory therapists at the Pulmonary Medicine Center which is connected to the Pediatric Sleep Disorder Center. To learn more click here.

Sleep Endoscopic — This procedure is done by a PMCH ENT specialist. Sometimes there are multiple layers of obstruction and the endoscopic procedure will help determine the best care plan for the child.     

If left untreated, a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea may put too much pressure on the heart and lung function, resulting in hypertension. Obstructive sleep apnea is also linked to behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, ADD and aggression, as well as, poor growth and delays in development.

What to expect if your child needs a sleep study

One parent must plan to spend the night with their child during the study. Before the sleep study, the Center will provide a lot of family-centered education about how a sleep study or other diagnostic tests are done.

During a pediatric sleep study, your child will spend the night in a kid-friendly environment for observation while they sleep. Each sleep room is private with an extra bed for a parent or guardian, a TV and VCR and a private bathroom. Children are encouraged to bring their own toys, favorite blanket or any items from home that will make their stay more comfortable.

This test is completely painless. Sensors are applied to the head for assessing stages of sleep, and near the nose, chest and abdomen to measure breathing. Other sensors may be applied to the legs to measure movement during sleep. All procedures are carefully administered by licensed respiratory therapists and sleep specialists who provide around-the-clock monitoring. 

St.Vincent offers three pediatric sleep study locations.
 

  • St.Vincent Stress Center, Indianapolis
  • St.Vincent Carmel Hospital
  • St.Vincent Fishers Hospital

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