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Sleep disorders and breathing disorders during sleep are among the most common issues parents deal with in childhood. These disorders may result in daytime dysfunction including learning and behavioral disabilities, as well as long term pulmonary, endocrine and heart disease. Obtaining a diagnosis and managing sleep problems early may help children avoid consequences that can affect them in adulthood.
At the Pediatric Sleep Center at Weill Cornell, we offer expert diagnosis, treatment and care for sleep disorders for children of all ages. Led by Dr. Haviva Veler, MD, our pediatric sleep team is skilled in the evaluation and management of children with behavioral and physiological sleep disorders. Dr. Veler is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology and in Sleep Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We know the importance of your pediatrician in the comprehensive care of your child, and will promptly and thoroughly communicate with him or her – your child's pediatrician is always part of our care team.
At the Pediatric Sleep Center, we strive to:
In young children, the most common reason for sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids and surgical removal of these structures will resolve the apnea in most cases. In other cases, young patients have other reasons for apnea, such as obesity, narrow facial structure, muscle weakness, or residual apnea after surgical interventions. Our areas of expertise include:
Affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health/Weill Cornell Medical Center, part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we can provide our patients with cutting-edge procedures and technology in one of the nation's leading medical facilities for treatment and patient care.
At the Pediatric Sleep Center at Weill Cornell, our team includes leading specialists in:
We also collaborate with top specialists in:
Our approach to diagnosis begins with a comprehensive sleep history and physical examination. The definitive diagnosis is done by polysomnography, also known as an overnight sleep study. The study involves attaching leads at various points on the child’s body to monitor sleep quality and structure, the effort of breathing, oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels, as well as heart rhythms, muscle tone, and leg movements. Children are encouraged to bring comfort items from home such as a favorite blanket or movie.
Patients are monitored for the quality and quantity of their sleep, as well as breathing patterns and body movements. A sleep technologist provides continuous monitoring during the study. Most sleep studies are done overnight. We also offer a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), which is a test that is done during the day, quantifies sleepiness, and serves as the diagnostic test for narcolepsy.
Our sleep center offers a warm and friendly environment tailored to the needs of children and adolescents of all ages:
Technologically-Dependent Children: We offer special expertise and support for technology-dependent children. Our team will:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is between 1-3% in the pediatric population. The most common symptom of OSA is snoring. In young children, while the most common cause of snoring and apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids, there are other underlying conditions that may contribute to sleep apnea, such as obesity, a narrow facial structure, or muscle weakness.
Referrals to the sleep laboratory can be done by a child's Pediatrician, ENT physician, Neurologist or by a Sleep Specialist. Sometimes, it is necessary for the sleep specialists to evaluate the child before scheduling a sleep study, in order to tailor the sleep study to the child's need, e.g., possible need for a pH probe if acid reflux is a concern.
Children 2-18 years that are otherwise healthy and are referred for a sleep study due to snoring in the context of enlarged tonsils/adenoids or obesity, can be referred directly to the sleep lab.
Referral forms for the sleep lab can be obtained by email or fax by calling 646-962-3410.