What Makes the ACH Sleep Disorders Center Different?

The Sleep Disorders Center provides comprehensive clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing, treatment and follow-up for a wide spectrum of sleep-related disorders in children and adolescents. The center offers state-of-the-art technology designed to evaluate sleep physiology and treat sleep-related disordered breathing.

ACH is one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the nation to receive full-service accreditation from the (American Academy of Sleep Medicine). Our staff works exclusively with children and adolescents. We have both specialized medical expertise and a unique understanding of the medical, educational and comfort needs of children and their parents. The Sleep Disorders Center offers advanced techniques for diagnosis and management of sleep problems in children such as infant apnea, as well as central and obstructive sleep apnea (absence of breathing during sleep); sleep hygiene; parasomnias such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, night terrors; insomnia; excessive daytime sleepiness; periodic limb movements and sleep phase delay.

Findings from an individualized physical examination, as well as the results from specific diagnostic procedures, determine the diagnosis and treatment of each patient. After appropriate data is gathered, the team, consisting of physicians from several specialties, the sleep disorders nurse, a respiratory therapist and specialized sleep technicians meets to review the diagnosis and make a multi-specialty treatment plan. Treatment options may include family teaching/instruction by the staff, providing positive airway pressure (PAP), providing behavioral counseling and/or medication and surgical procedures such as a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, uvulopalatoplasty and tracheostomy.

We have a state of the art PAP adherence program run by a respiratory therapist and psychologist and supported by the sleep physician where children who are started with PAP therapy are guided and supported at every step to try and achieve adequate use of the PAP. This program is available in very few centers across the country.