University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital physicians provide your child with comprehensive, coordinated care from a variety of medical specialties. Physicians will confirm your child’s sleep apnea with an overnight sleep study in a sleep lab specifically designed for pediatric patients. You will be able to sleep in a bed near your child. During the sleep study, technicians will place electrodes and sensors on your child’s body to measure brain and muscle activity, electrical activity of the heart, oxygen content in the blood, movement of the chest and abdomen, airflow through the mouth and nose, and the number of sleep apnea episodes during the night.
Sleep apnea may sound harmless, but if it is left untreated, it can cause growth, learning or behavior problems, and medical conditions such as heart problems.