Sleep Apnea Testing Centers

Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation

Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.

Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.

Sleep Disorders Center Boys Town National Research

When children are experiencing sleep problems,it can be disrupting and upsetting for the entire family.Lack of an adequate amount of sleep can lead to problems in school and at home, irritabilityand behavioral problems. The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center is designedspecifically for pediatric patients, ages 318 years, but technicians can perform sleepstudies on adults as well. The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center examinesthe following sleep and behavioral concerns. Respiratory problemsParasomnias (sleep walking, sleep talking) Sleep behavior issuesNarcolepsydaytime sleepiness

Obstructive sleep apneaSnoring Night terrorsStudies are conducted Monday through Friday by a team of licensed healthcare professionalsand experience sleep technicians. When children come for a sleep study theyusually come in, in the late afternoon or early evening and the study usually starts aroundseven or eight o'clock at night depending on the age of the child. During the study, electrodes will be placedon specific locations of your child's body to monitor breathing patterns, brain activity,eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate,

oxygen levels and oronasal airflow.A polysomnogram records the different sleep stages and any problems that may be occurringduring each stage. A tutorial camera will record any behavioralissues that may occur during sleep. The entire study is noninvasive and painless. The sleep study is an overnight evaluation.In order to capture the most accurate results, we need your child to feel as comfortableas possible. You are welcome to bring favorite items fromhome to help maintain your bedtime routine. Stuffed animalBlanket

Bedtime storybookPajamas PullupsBedtime snack (No caffeinated beverages) Boys Town National Research requiresthat a parent stay the night with their child. A separate bedroom is offered for the parentor if the parent wishes to stay in the same room with the child, comfortable sleepingarrangements are available. The mission of Boys Town is to change theway America cares for children, families, and communities. We know sleep problems canbe very disruptive within families and so we feel that if we are able to diagnose thoseproblems and, along with our large group of

very capable and competent pediatricians andENT s, come up with a treatment plan to help the child get better and get backto normal sleep and a normal life. The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center is locatedBoys Town National Research at 14000 Boys Town Road, (1'th Pacific) onthe campus of Boys Town. If you are interested in determining the causeof your child's sleep disorder, contact your physician for a referral to the BoysTown Sleep Disorder Center.

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