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Pediatric Sleep Study FAQ

Does Somnique Health accept pediatric patients?
Yes, ages 5 and older. A sleep consultation is required prior to a sleep study unless it is a simple case of ruling out Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and remain for the entirety of the pediatric sleep study. We have rooms specially fitted with two beds so that the caregiver can sleep with the child. Please see the registration form for the pediatric sleep study patient registration form.

What are the common signs and symptoms in the pediatric sleep problems?

The sign and symptoms may vary but some of the common ones are:

  • Restless sleep
  • Snoring
  • Hyperactivity
  • Daytime inattention
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent awakenings
  • Learning problems
  • Bedwetting
  • Night-time fears

Will the insurance cover pediatric sleep study?
Most insurance will cover sleep studies. We do secure the prior authorization for you, but you may want to check with your insurance provider as well.

Do the parents get to stay with the child?
Yes, one parent must stay for the entire night during the sleep study.

What will happen during the study?

  • When you arrive for the study a friendly sleep technologist will greet you and guide you to your room and allow you to get comfortable.
  • You may also be given some paperwork to fill while you relax in the room. You may watch the TV or you can bring a book to read.
  • When it is time to connect the testing equipment, you will be asked to get your child changed into sleep wear.
  • Small metal discs, or electrodes, will be positioned on the head and body to measure brain activity, heart rhythm, eye movements and leg movements. It is a painless procedure, and we use tape and washable adhesive.
  • Sensors will also be applied to measure your child’s oxygen level. A small device called a cannula will monitor the nose airflow.
  • The temperature of the room may need to be maintained at a certain level, but you can adjust the blankets as needed for comfort.
  • We will turn off the lights and begin the monitoring before your child falls asleep.

What should we plan on the day of the study?
If possible, have the child shower shampoo before arriving, but avoid using any skin creams. Also, avoid caffeinated beverages and any unscheduled naps on the day of the study.

Can we bring child’s favorite pajamas, animal or blanket?
Your child can wear his own two-piece pajama set (a top and bottom without zippers) or shorts and a t-shirt. You can bring any special blanket, stuffed animal or pillow that your child usually sleeps with. Toiletries like towels, shampoo and soap will be provided.

How long do we stay there?
Please plan on arriving between 8-10 pm and the studies usually end by 6 am

Is the child allowed to take the regular medications?
Yes, your child should take regular medications unless advised otherwise by the sleep physician. Be sure to tell the physician during the office visit about all your child’s medications.

What happens after the pediatric sleep study?
The study will be scored and reviewed by our sleep physician and the results will be discussed during a follow-up office visit.