Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Sleep Studies

Read how sleep studies are performed.

Q: Will this procedure be painful for my child?

A: No. This is a painless and noninvasive (no needles) testing procedure. The electrode sensors are attached to the skin with hypoallergenic tape, similar to a Band-Aid. The electrode sensors on the scalp are put on with a paste that washes out of the hair with warm water.

Q: How will my child sleep with all of the electrode sensors?

A: Most children sleep reasonably well. The body sensors are applied so that your child can move during sleep and change positions during the night. The sleep rooms are comfortable, and our staff tries to make the environment as comfortable as possible.

Q: Will I need to stay with my child during the study?

A: Yes, you will need to stay at the sleep center with your child during the entire testing procedure. Small children usually sit on their parent’s lap during the hook-up process. In order to prevent interferences with the data acquisition during the sleep study, we prefer that the parent not sleep in the same bed as the child. However, the parent is able to sleep in a separate bed in the child’s bedroom throughout the night. The sleep lab has the ability to accommodate only one parent/guardian to accompany the child. For children older than age 15, this is optional, and the child may choose to sleep alone. The child will need to be picked up and dropped off by a parent/guardian.

Q: Is my child’s sleep study covered by insurance?

A: Sleep studies are routinely covered by medical insurance plans, although deductibles and percentages of coverage vary. Details regarding coverage should be directed to your insurance company. At Sleep Medicine Associates, we will verify insurance benefits and coverage prior to your child’s sleep study.