Austin, Texas-based Dell Children’s Medical Center recently opened a newly expanded sleep lab dedicated for diagnoses, treatment, and prevention of pediatric sleep disorders. The 2,885 sq-ft sleep lab at Dell Children’s includes a designated sleep study center with six beds for overnight sleep evaluation and multiple sleep latency testing.
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,” says J. Brian Kang, MD, pulmonologist and medical director of Dell Children’s Sleep Lab, in a release. “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.”
The accredited 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,” says Christopher M. Born, president of Dell Children’s, in a release. “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.”