Pediatric Sleep Medicine
The Sleep Disorders Center at Mather can diagnose sleep disorders in children as young as two years old. These include:
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Poor sleep habits
Sleep onset association disorder
Sleep walking or sleep talking
Restless leg syndrome
Excessive daytime sleepiness
After a thorough medical examination, children may undergo an overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) in a comfortable, private room. Parents stay with their children overnight. Technologists attach monitoring equipment to the child and look for signs such as abnormal breathing, restlessness, abnormal heart rhythm, sleep apnea, snoring and overall sleep quality.
The Sleep Center uses only New York State licensed respiratory therapists and registered polysomnographic (sleep study) technologists to monitor the study and collect the data. Physicians associated with the center are board certified in pulmonary medicine as well as sleep medicine. There is also a neurologist on the Center’s staff. As a hospital-based Center, our staff has the immediate back-up of an acute care medical facility should the need arise.
In some instances, a sleep study may be performed at the child's home.
A sleep consultation can be set up through a referral from your primary care physician or by calling the Sleep Center directly at 631-476-2721. Most insurance companies cover the cost of the consultation, testing and treatment for sleep disorders.
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Nick Patel, DO
Dr. Patel specializes in Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Mather’s Sleep Disorders Center. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at North Shore University Hospital and a fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, specializing in pediatric sleep medicine. Dr. Patel is board certified in Internal, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Patel is also a member of Mather’s Intensivist Department, which cares for the most critically ill patients at the Hospital. He is a member of Harbor View Medical Associates of Port Jefferson.