Sleep Disorders: How We Treat

How do we treat sleep disorders?

The Breathing Institute treats patients with sleep disorders

The treatment of a child’s sleep disorder is dependent on the type of disorder and the cause. Breathing disorders may require medical therapy, oxygen, surgical management or machines to help with breathing during sleep. Other disorders require behavioral management or a combination of medical and behavioral therapy.

Occasionally, children seen at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Sleep Center require machines to help with breathing during sleep.

One machine commonly used is called CPAP, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea by providing a flow of positive-pressure air through a mask to open the upper airway while the child is asleep. The goal of CPAP is to enable the child to have regular or normal breathing, eliminate snoring and restore normal sleep patterns. Some children may need therapy to tolerate CPAP treatments. We have a desensitization program for these patients.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s sleep disorder?

Children's Colorado’s Sleep Center provides comprehensive clinics to evaluate patients and to make appropriate treatment recommendations so that the entire family can return to a normal night of sleep. Our team assists primary care physicians and specialists with the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with sleep problems.

Many sleep problems can be coupled with other medical problems that your child is dealing with. That is why the multidisciplinary approach to care at Children's Colorado is so important when successfully solving sleep problems. The Sleep Center team works closely with other teams within the hospital, including Pulmonary Medicine, Otolaryngology or Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) specialists, Neurology and Adolescent Medicine.