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What Makes the ACH Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center Different?

Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your child’s health and well-being.  Sleep is vital for learning and memory and lack of sleep impacts a child’s health negatively.  Sleep problems such as sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, and behavioral sleep problems are common and can seriously affect your child’s general health, academic functioning, behavior, and mood.   

Our mission at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is to “Make Children Better Today and Healthier Tomorrow”.  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 Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center’s goal is to find the best solutions to your child’s sleep issues and to help them sleep better.  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 Association of Sleep Disorders Centers ( American Academy of Sleep Medicine). Nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), we offer the highest standard of care, commitment to quality services and dedication to our patients.

Our interdisciplinary team, consisting of physicians, sleep behavioral specialists, advanced practices nurses, specialty nurses, respiratory therapists and sleep technologists 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; and parasomnias such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, night terrors, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness,; periodic limb movements and sleep phase delay provide comprehensive assessment and management for a wide spectrum of sleep-related disorders in children and adolescents. Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems can improve a child’s long-term health and development. The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center will diagnose, monitor progress and develop a treatment plan that works for your child.

Your child may need a sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, to help team members better understand problems that may be causing your child’s sleep disorder. Not all sleep problems require an overnight sleep study. If our team decides your child needs one, it will be performed in our Pediatric Sleep Disorders Laboratory.

Treatment options may include positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, behavioral counseling, medication, family teaching/instruction and surgical procedures.

We have an exceptional Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Adherence program led by a respiratory therapist and sleep behavioral psychologist with support from the sleep physician. Children who are prescribed PAP therapy are guided and encouraged at every step to try and achieve excellent adherence to the treatment. Our PAP Adherence program is an advanced leading edge program available in only a few pediatric centers in the country.