Pediatric Sleep Medicine
The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center has diagnosed and treated thousands of children and teenagers since it was established in 2004. The center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and includes two physicians that are board-certified in Sleep Medicine who see patients at several office locations, and interpret sleep studies in several laboratories in the region.
Our goal is to help improve the sleep of all children and teenagers, and by that improve the child’s overall health and well-being (and by doing so the parents usually get better sleep too). Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is associated with better health outcomes including improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Regularly sleeping fewer than the number of recommended hours is associated with attention, behavior, and learning problems. Insufficient sleep also increases the risk of accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and depression. Insufficient sleep in teenagers is associated with increased risk of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts.
There is a wide variety of sleep disorders that can adversely affect the quality and/or quantify of sleep that the child obtains. It is very important that children with symptoms of possible sleep disorders undergo a proper evaluation so that it can be properly treated.
Disorders and problems addressed at the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
- Central Sleep Apnea
- Hypoventilation disorders
- Daytime sleepiness
- Insomnias – difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Sleep Terrors
- Sleep Walking
- Sleep disorders associated with ADHD, autism, and other neurodevelopmental disorders
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Sleep studies coordinated by the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center:
- Diagnostic overnight polysomnogram
- CPAP and BPAP initiation and titration
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test
- Assessment of oxygenation and ventilation for patients with tracheotomies and /or using home ventilators
What is a sleep study?
This overnight test is noninvasive and painless, with parents or guardians staying with their children. During the study, a technician monitors the child while a computerized system digitally records a number of physiological parameters. This recording will give information about your child’s sleep stages, the presence of respiratory events, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and number of leg movements.
Where are these tests performed?
After each patient is seen in the office, you and your physician will discuss which sleep laboratory is best suited to address your child’s needs. Our division is affiliated with several major hospitals in the region and will work with each family to determine the optimal sleep lab.
The Sleep Center at Westchester Medical Center
Behavioral Health Center, Valhalla, New York 10595
Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at St. Anthony Community Hospital
74 North Main Street, Florida, NY 10921
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Sleep Disorders Center
701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
MidHudson Regional Medical Center
241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital
255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern NY 10901
Dobbs Ferry Pavilion–St. John’s Riverside
128 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
How is a sleep study arranged?
The first step is for your child to be seen by a physician – either your own physician or one from our sleep center. After the evaluation of the child’s sleep-related symptoms, a sleep study will be ordered, if appropriate. Your physician will send a referral form to the staff at the sleep laboratory. The staff will obtain authorization from your insurance company and then contact you to schedule the study.
Once you make the appointment, we ask you do your best to keep it, as a technician will be driving in and will be waiting for you. Also, keep in mind that other families may want to use that slot for their child. If you need to reschedule for any reason, please call the lab as soon as possible.
What happens after the sleep study?
Once completed, the recording of the sleep study will be reviewed by our board certified Sleep Specialist and a report will be sent to your physician within a few days. You and your physician will then discuss these results, and determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Where is the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center?
Our sleep physicians see patients at the following convenient office locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 1400 (first floor)
Hawthorne, New York 10532
266 North Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
222 Westchester Avenue
West Harrison, NY 10604
Suffern Medical Pavilion
257 Lafayette Avenue, Suite 370
Suffern, NY 10901
Pediatric Sleep Medicine staff