Types of Tests and Therapies
At Kingwood Sleep Disorders Center, our sleep technicians are skilled to perform pediatric sleep studies and to help your child feel safe and secure. They can also answer any questions the child or the parent/guardian may have.
The technician will attach electrodes to your child’s head, neck, chest and leg areas. The electrodes are small, round and painless and should be easily removed after the study is completed. Two belts will go around your child’s abdomen and chest, and a pulse oximeter will be placed around a finger to monitor oxygen levels. Lastly, a nasal canula monitor will go under the child’s nose to monitor nasal breathing.
When the child is ready to go to sleep the lights will be turned off and the sleep study will begin.
During the sleep evaluation the technician will monitor your child's sleeping and waking patterns, breathing patterns, body movements and brain waves. This information will be interpreted by our board certified sleep physician.
Your pediatrician may recommend one or more of these tests:
Polysomnogram: This test is painless and non-invasive. It is designed to monitor your child's sleeping cycle from brainwaves, breathing patterns, heart activity and body movements during an all-night sleep period. The recorded patterns are then studied by our board certified sleep physician to accurately diagnose the different types of sleep disorders.
CPAP/BIPAP Therapy: (Continuous Positive Air Pressure & Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure.) This test is often requested after a patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. A mask is placed over the nose and/or face which helps prevent snoring and apnea (interrupted breathing) during the normal sleep period. Different levels of air pressure are gradually delivered to the airway. This helps open the airway passages during sleep to assist in maintaining a normal sleep cycle. This test is used to determine the correct air pressure needed to keep the airways open. Consistent use of the CPAP or BiPAP machine is critical in the successful treatment of sleep apnea.
MSLT: (Multiple Sleep Latency Test.) This assessment is usually performed the day after the polysomnogram is administered It is also useful in studying the intensity of daytime sleepiness and determines if narcolepsy is present.