Mount Sinai Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program
Poor sleep can affect children’s cognitive development, learning, mood, and growth, and impacts the entire family. Treating sleep issues early on can allow children to achieve their full potential.
The Mount Sinai Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program is dedicated to the assessment and management of sleep issues in infants, children, and adolescents. Our faculty are board-certified in pediatrics, sleep medicine, and pediatric pulmonology, and our sleep technologists have extensive training and experience working with families and children. We are uniquely qualified to treat any sleep-related problem and will develop a personalized care plan tailored to your child’s needs.
In-person and virtual video consultations are available in order to discuss your child’s sleep patterns and medical history as well as their physical condition. We treat the full range of pediatric pulmonary, ENT (ear, nose, and throat), behavioral, and neurologic conditions through a multi-disciplinary team, and when needed refer families to other pediatric specialists affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System.
The Mount Sinai Pediatric Sleep Laboratory is a state-of-the-art sleep testing facility located at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Under the leadership of its director, Jason Bronstein, MD, the laboratory offers a wide variety of sleep testing procedures (e.g. diagnostic polysomnography, CPAP titration, multiple sleep latency test, etc.) in a family-friendly environment to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood sleep disorders.
Conditions We Treat
Examples of respiratory, behavioral, and neurologic sleep conditions include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Bedtime resistance
- Sleep training
- Nighttime awakenings
- Sleep schedule abnormalities
- Delayed sleep phase syndrome
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Night Terrors
- Restless limbs syndrome
- Restless sleep
Children with Special Needs
Our sleep specialists have deep expertise in evaluating children with special needs. We offer exceptional care for children with developmental disabilities, autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, neuromuscular disease, and medical or genetic disorders. These groups have the highest prevalence of sleep disorders and receive great benefit from our services.
Technology Dependent Children
We provide support and expertise for technology-dependent and medically complex children and their families with management of respiratory support devices including:
Our pediatric sleep laboratory offers a space tailored to children and adolescents, with child-friendly decor and comfortable accommodations. Children are continuously monitored by sleep technicians trained in pediatric care.
We use the latest available noninvasive equipment to evaluate sleep and measure children's oxygen, carbon dioxide, position, heart rhythm, airflow, nasal pressure, chest and abdomen motion, leg movements, and brain activity.
Healthy children with snoring or concern for breathing problems in sleep / obstructive sleep apnea can be referred directly for diagnostic polysomnography (overnight sleep study) by their doctor.
Children with other sleep concerns, complex cases, or those who will not tolerate a sleep study should first schedule a consultation with our pediatric sleep physician in order to determine the best plan, offer behavioral desensitization or diagnostic/treatment alternatives, or determine special accommodations.
Children who are sick, having changes in health, or recently undergone surgery should wait until they are fully recovered in order to perform sleep testing. Sleep studies can be inaccurate if the child is not at their baseline regular state of health.
Sleep studies must be ordered by your referring provider (pediatrician, ENT physician, neurologist, etc.) or by the sleep physician during a consultation.