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Pediatric Sleep Center

Sleep Medicine Pediatrics

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Pediatric Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), treats a variety of pediatric sleep disorders that include:

  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • breathing disorders
  • insomnia
  • parasomnias including seizures, night terrors, sleepwalking and nightmares
  • narcolepsy
  • restless leg syndrome

Our Pediatric Sleep Center is part of NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Sleep Medicine that specializes in diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing sleep disorders in all age groups.

Our highly trained and experienced staff includes physicians Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists, who utilize the most sophisticated technology to evaluate and monitor children with sleep-related problems.

Conducting sleep studies around the clock, our Sleep Disorders Center consistently meets the highest AASM standards and is committed to providing excellent care for children.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Located in the NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion at 1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY, the Sleep Disorders Center includes:

  • Eight, five-star “hotel-style” sleep rooms
  • Sleep rooms specifically designed to accommodate children of all ages and their parents
  • A shared lounge, including kitchenette, for use by patients and families

Each room features its own:

  • Private, handicapped-accessible bathroom and shower
  • Room safe
  • Flat-screen television with cable TV and DVD player
  • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning

The Team

The professional staff includes physicians Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, who hold national leadership positions with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and other national organizations.

The entire technical staff – all registered polysomnographic technologists – holds the highest certification attainable for sleep technologists.

Evaluation

Our Sleep Disorder specialists focusing not only on diagnosing the presence or absence of a sleep disorder, they obtain detailed medical histories of our pediatric patients, conduct comprehensive physical examinations, as well as sleep interviews.

Prior to undergoing a thorough pediatric sleep study, patients and their parents meet with a Sleep Medicine physician to discuss how the study will be conducted, clarify what will be investigated and understand the possible outcomes.

The Sleep Interview

The interview is essential to identifying sleep problems. A good assessment conducted by an experienced practitioner can take an hour. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, especially someone who knows how they sleep and has witnessed sounds, behaviors or activities arising from sleep.

The Sleep Study

The sleep study involves recording sleep stages, as well as breathing, brain waves, oxygen level and heart and muscle activity during sleep.

The goal is to determine whether the patient’s sleep is normal or abnormal. NYU Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center conducts the most advanced sleep studies, designated Level I by the AASM.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during sleep study testing. The Sleep Disorders Center provides sleep accommodations for the adult.

Once the sleep study results are reviewed by the technologist and physician, and a diagnosis is confirmed, a personalized treatment program is designed and therapy begins.

Treatment

Treatment plans include education, behavioral therapy and, if needed, treatment with medications. The Sleep Disorders Center also collaborates with experts trained in behavioral medicine and psychotherapy.

Depending upon the evaluation and diagnosis, treatment recommendations may include:

  • CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) - A treatment for sleep apnea involving delivery of a continuous stream of air through a mask worn over the nose to keep the sleeper's airway open.
  • Sleep Hygiene Instruction – advice, or list of behaviors/routines to follow when preparing for sleep.
  • Counseling & Behavioral Therapy
  • Medications
  • Surgical Intervention