Providence Sleep Disorders Centers offer a pediatric-focused approach to the diagnosis, management and treatment of sleep disorders in children. Our highly trained care team evaluates children for sleep disorders to provide the care they need to treat their condition from ages 6 months through adolescence.
Our facility offers diagnosis and intervention for infants, children and adolescents with various sleep disorders, including:
- Parasomnias (abnormal sleep experiences that are frequent, difficult to control or cause injuries), such as sleepwalking, sleep talking or sleep terrors
- Sleep-related breathing disorders or obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and upper airway resistance syndrome
- Sleep-related movement disorders, including restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movements of sleep, and other sleep-related movements
- Sleep disturbances resulting in behavioral problems (sleep patterns may be part of a behavioral disorder or a cause of attention deficit disorder symptoms)
- Circadian rhythm disorders (when the biological clock is out of rhythm with the normal environment), as in delayed sleep phase syndrome
- Narcolepsy and other causes of excessive daytime sleepiness
Sleep disorders are common in children and often are underdiagnosed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 70 percent of children age 10 and under experience some type of sleep problem. Children who have sleep disorders wake up often in the night. This can negatively affect a child’s behavior and learning. Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea affects girls and boys equally and usually begins in the first few years of life, although it may go undiagnosed until later.
Sometimes children may need to spend the night at one of our centers in order for us to properly evaluate their sleep patterns and behaviors overnight. Our sleep centers have comfortable beds and cribs with state-of-the-art equipment that helps physicians diagnose young patients with sleep disorders. Our care team understands that this situation may be scary for a child, so one parent or caregiver is allowed to stay overnight with the child.
After a diagnosis is made, our sleep experts develop a management plan for improving the child’s sleep quality, and they share this plan with the referring physician.
Medicare and most major medical insurers cover these services.
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Additionally, the center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.