Dell Children’s opens new Sleep Lab with expanded services

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Dell Children’s Medical Center announces the opening of its newly expanded Sleep Lab dedicated for diagnoses, treatment and prevention of pediatric sleep disorders. The new 2,885 square-foot Sleep Lab at Dell Children’s includes a designated sleep study center with six beds for overnight sleep evaluation and multiple sleep latency testing, a diagnostic tool used in daytime sleep studies to diagnose narcolepsy. The pediatric-focused sleep lab includes state-of-art monitoring equipment to record data, pinpoint sleep disorders and aid physicians in designing a personalized care plan for each patient.

Recent studies estimate that nearly 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point in their lives.  Dell Children’s sleep specialists can evaluate pediatric patients with any concerns related to sleep such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking and other sleep disorders. The Dell Children’s Sleep Lab will be an open lab allowing physicians at other sites of care to order sleep studies for their patients, providing greater access to care for all pediatric patients in Central Texas and beyond.

“Poor sleep habits can have a negative impact on a child’s health,” said Dr. J. Brian Kang, pulmonologist and medical director of Dell Children’s Sleep Lab.  “The risks of inadequate sleep extends beyond tiredness; sleep disorders can cause serious medical issues and can lead to poor academic and behavior problems in children.”  

Sleep studies offered at Dell Children’s include:

Dell Children’s is the only accredited pediatric sleep center in Central Texas specializing in sleep disorders for children of all ages, birth to 18 years old. The sleep center includes separate clinics specializing in insomnia, CPAP, and sleep apnea, all of which have expanded in the past year. Dell Children’s team approach includes board-certified sleep medicine doctors, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, pediatric psychologist,  nurse coordinator and social worker. 

 “This is an exciting time for the Dell Children’s as we grow and expand to meet the pediatric health needs of our community,” said Christopher M. Born, president of Dell Children’s.  “With our highly trained staff, the new sleep lab offers state-of-the-art technology designed to provide the gold standard in pediatric sleep evaluations and treatment.”