Early identification is essential. The Valley Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center is committed to accurately diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, which have long-term implications.
Sleepiness in children is not normal. During your initial consultation, we uncover what might be affecting each child’s ability to attain healthy sleep patterns. At our initial meeting at the Kireker Center for Child Development on Goffle Road (office and lab have separate locations), our board-certified healthcare provider will meet with you and your child to obtain a complete medical and sleep history and perform a physical exam. We will discuss:
- Behavioral problems and patterns
- Sleeping problems and patterns
- Developmental issues
- Procedures and instructions for sleep testing
At the conclusion of our meeting, your infant or child may be recommended for an overnight testing at our sleep laboratory.
Some infants may be recommended for an infant home apnea monitor. Please click here to learn more.
Overnight Testing at the Sleep Laboratory
Valley’s Sleep Laboratory, located at 579 Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood, uses the latest technology and a fully computerized laboratory to accurately monitor a child’s sleeping patterns. This permits a proper diagnosis and appropriate choices for treatment.
You may have questions about your child scheduled sleep testing. Answers to common questions about parenting for sleep testing are answered in this section. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 201-447-8152.
Directions to the Sleep Laboratory are listed here.
About the Laboratory
The Valley Sleep Laboratory is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. All physicians are board certified sleep specialists. All sleep technicians are uniquely trained and experienced with the pediatric population. This laboratory has six beautifully appointed private rooms with private bath, sleep number beds for the parent and child, Wi-Fi, cable and DVD players. A continental breakfast is provided, and all efforts are made to make the patient’s experience as comfortable and home-like as possible.
Preparing for the Overnight Sleep Test
Prior to sleep testing, we will contact your healthcare insurance company to notify them that your child is scheduled for sleep testing. If your insurance company requires precertification or authorization for outpatient diagnostic procedures, we will attain this authorization. Please keep in mind that authorization or precertification is not a guarantee of payment, and you're responsible for any deductible and co-insurance per your benefit plan. You should be aware of the benefits and eligibility requirements prior to testing.
You will be contacted prior your scheduled testing date to confirm your child’s appointment. Please advise us at that time if there are any recent changes in your child’s health (upper respiratory infections, flu like symptoms) that may necessitate rescheduling. If you find it necessary to cancel your appointment, please call 201-251-3487.
- Wake up early the morning before the testing, avoid napping.
- Maintain normal daytime routine (school, activities, dinner).
- Avoid all stimulants (soda, chocolate, coffee, tea).
- Pack an overnight bag for your child.
- Shower to remove lotion, spray, or gel from skin and body.
- Remove all nail polish from fingers and toes.
- Insurance card and driver’s license
- Routine medications that have been discussed during your consultation, which you will give the child.
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothes or pajamas (2-pieces without zippers).
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, hair brush, etc.).
- Bedtime ritual aids (books, music, stuffed animals, pillows).
- Formula, special foods, medical equipment.
- Quiet activities that distract the child such as electronic handheld video games, tablet computer or a soothing DVD may be helpful. Television, DVD, and Wi-Fi are available.
The time of arrival will be prearranged when testing is scheduled. It is dependent upon the age of the child, his or her normal bedtime, and the estimated time needed to set up study. Children should arrive in their comfortable, loose fitting pajamas. Please adhere to your child’s scheduled time.
A parent sleeping in the same room throughout the study can minimize your child’s apprehension. If necessary, both parents may arrive with the child, but we can only accommodate one parent staying overnight. Older children may prefer to stay without the parent. Your child will be attended by a certified sleep technician for the duration of the study. Sleep testing rooms are set up with a crib/bed for your child and a bed for the parent. Each room has a private bathroom and shower. Internet access is available. After your child has fallen asleep, there is a sitting area with the television available for the parent.
Please be prepared with your driver’s license and insurance card for the admission paperwork, which is completed by the center’s business associate. The sleep technician will answer any questions you or your child may have about the sleep testing and allow time for you to get your child ready for bed. For your convenience, healthy snacks and beverages are available. The sleep technician will then apply the necessary electrodes to your child’s head and body. The application of the electrodes is painless but does involve about 40-50 minutes of cooperation on the part of your child. During this time, activities such as reading, electronic hand held video games, tablet computer or soothing DVD can be used to distract and calm you child to help better facilitate the set-up. It’s important to act supportive of your child yet firm and clear about what is expected of them in order for the set-up to go smoothly and successfully.
When the equipment is completely set up and the child’s bedtime ritual completed, your child will be encouraged to go to sleep. You are encouraged to stay in the room with your child until he or she falls asleep. Once asleep, you may choose to watch television or read in a nearby lounge. If you stay in the room, you must be quiet. The technician will monitor your child’s sleep continuously throughout the night via audio and video camera and, at times, be in the room observing. Sometimes it is necessary to reapply and adjust equipment throughout the night. You and your child will be awakened between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and the sleep study will be concluded. A light continental breakfast will be provided. All equipment will be removed and your child will be discharged by 7 a.m.
How will we receive the results?
Please refrain from requesting preliminary results from the technician. Your healthcare provider will review the results and discuss any next steps that may be required. Results will be communicated to you both verbally and in writing as arranged by your healthcare provider. A copy of the sleep testing report will be sent to your pediatrician and other subspecialist as requested.