Treating Sleeping Disorders

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

Parenting Tip: At home always establish a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine. Keep a record of triggers that may be disrupting sleep including asthma, allergies, ear infections, eczema (itchy skin), etc. and share this information with the sleep specialist

 All medical treatments through the Sleep Center include educational support that can result in significant improvement of symptoms and sleep quality. Although chronic snoring may have become part of your child’s normal sleep pattern, it can be treated.

Surgical interventions: For some children, adenotonsillectomy (an operation to remove both the adenoids and tonsils) may be indicated to surgically treat obstructive sleep apnea. In these cases, the Sleep Disorder Center works with PMCH ENT specialists. A multidisciplinary team approach also applies to the child being treated by the Craniofacial Center team who has a sleep disorder.

Nonsurgical options:

  • CPAP device –continuous positive airway pressure helps deliver the proper balance of oxygen in order to get a more restful sleep. We have child-size CPAP devices with specially designed sleep masks.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Oral appliances
  • VPAP – variable positive airway pressure machine
  • Ventilating management
  • Weight management for the obese child. Our registered pediatric dietitian is available for nutritional consultations. Through PMCH, a social worker is available to help patients and families to identify community resources and healthy lifestyle programs that support personal goals.

 

The interpretation of the pediatric sleep study is done by Dr. Akanli. At the consultative appointment at the Pediatric Sleep Disorder Center, she will provide the recommendations and treatment plan. This information is also very valuable especially as it relates to other associated health concerns such as allergies, asthma, food sensitivities and esophageal reflux, and structural abnormalities of the face or jaw.

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