Pediatrics: Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

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Sleep Center

The power of teamwork

The Sleep Center team includes doctors who are board-certified sleep specialists, psychologists and nurse practitioners who specialize in treating children with sleep problems. Sometimes the skills of another specialist, like an ear, nose and throat doctor, are needed. Our team approach makes it easy, because these experts are all available in each of our convenient locations.

Children's Hospital offers the only sleep center in Wisconsin dedicated to caring for children.

What happens in the Sleep Center

Our Sleep Center is divided into two parts: sleep clinic and sleep lab. During a Sleep Clinic appointment, a specialist will talk with you and your child about his or her sleep problems. After this appointment, your child may need special tests in one of our sleep labs.

Most children first visit the sleep clinic for an evaluation that includes gathering the child's medical history and doing a physical exam. Sometimes only changes in a child's behavior or a family's bedtime activities are needed. Other times, children may need an overnight test in a sleep lab.  A specific treatment plan will be provided based on the specific needs of the child.

Sleep lab

Some children will need to stay overnight in one of our state-of-the-art sleep labs for a sleep test. While some sleep centers may treat both children and adults, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specializes in the care of children only.  Throughout the night, a specially trained and registered sleep technologist will monitor your child's breathing, oxygen levels, heartbeat, brain activity, body movements and snoring. Sleep tests give doctors important information about your child's health. None of the tests are painful.

All children, even those with complex medical needs, can be monitored and safety cared for in our sleep labs. To help parents and children feel more comfortable, we offer space for one parent to stay overnight with the child during his or her sleep study. Our sleep labs are equipped with TV/videos, free WI-FI, and a family lounge with a refrigerator. Children and families can feel like they are at home.

Diagnoses/conditions treated:

  • Snoring
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Nocturnal hypoventilation
  • Delayed sleep phase syndrome
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Narcolepsy
  • Insomnia of childhood
  • Insomnia of adolescence
  • Parasomnias, including nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Rhythmic movement disorder (headbanging or bodyrocking)
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • All other sleep disorders

Outpatient and inpatient services include:

  • Sleep clinic evaluation with follow-up care
  • Overnight sleep studies
  • Behavioral modifications
  • Multiple sleep latency test
  • Actigraphy monitoring
  • Sleep studies in conjunction with EEG/seizure monitoring or esophageal pH monitoring
  • CPAP/BiPAP titration
  • Ventilator titration
  • Mask fittings and desensitization programs
  • Referral to other specialists if needed
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