Dr. J. Brian Kang is the Medical Director of the Sleep Physiology and Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at the Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Children’s Sleep Disorder Center at Dell Children’s is the only American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep lab dedicated to pediatric sleep studies in Central Texas. The center offers comprehensive services, ranging from multidisciplinary assessment to therapeutic studies in a sleep lab for patients from birth to 18 years of age.
Specialists at the Children’s Sleep Disorder Center can detect conditions that may be keeping your child from having a healthy, good sleep. Using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and computer software to record data while they sleep, experienced physicians pinpoint the disorder, allowing the referring physician to prescribe therapy.
The polysomnograms (sleep studies) performed there are comprehensive and may include extended EEG evaluation, CPAP and bi-level CPAP titration, home ventilation checks, and multiple sleep-latency testing.
The sleep lab uses advanced monitoring equipment and the latest computer technology designed specifically for children to conduct in-depth sleep studies. These studies include:
- Diagnostic studies:
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) – A series of daytime nap studies to measure a child’s level of daytime sleepiness as part of evaluation for narcolepsy.
- Overnight Sleep Study (Polysomnography) – Overnight sleep studies are primarily used for understanding disordered breathing during sleep.
- Therapeutic studies:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Titration (CPAP Titration)– A study to treat sleep apnea by having the patient wear a mask which is attached to a machine that will send air into the nasal passages using pressure.
- Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure/BiPAP (Bi-Level/BiPap) – A ventilation machine that uses an electric circuit to monitor the breathing of a child with sleep apnea; have two different pressures.
Most sleep problems can be identified in a single night, comfortably and conveniently at the center’s sleep lab. Parents are required to spend the night with the child to help ensure a successful test.
Our care teams will do everything possible to ensure kids and the parents are comfortable during overnight stays. The Sleep Lab is located within Dell Children’s Medical Center.
- The newly renovated Sleep Lab has individual private suites designed to keep parents and children comfortable together. Parents will sleep on a pull out couch while their child sleeps in the hospital bed for sleep testing. Each suite has their own private bathroom and families have access to the amenities in the hospital overnight.
- Studies are attended by certified sleep technicians that have experience with children that might have developmental difficulties.
Ordering an Overnight Study
DCMC Polysomnography Order Form
Fax completed forms to (512) 351-4153
How to Prepare for an Overnight Study
- Please check in at the center 15 minutes before your appointment time of 7:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Checkout time is between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- Prior to bedtime, your child will be set up with appropriate monitoring equipment, such as having electrodes placed on her face and body to measure heart rates and eye movements during sleep. This process can take up to an hour and a half.
- Your child’s comfort is a top priority. TV and DVD are provided in his room, as well as a foldout bed for one parent. You are also welcome to bring food, toys, blankets and anything else that will relax your child for the sleep study.
- Outfit your child in loose-fitting clothing. A comfortable pajama is a good choice.
- Do not forget your child’s medications and any other necessities for the stay.
- Please reschedule the overnight study if your child is sick. Also, please notify us ahead of time, if you need to cancel the study.
- Please bring the completed Pre-Visit Questionnaire to your overnight study.