January 3, 2013
VISALIA – Parents whose children are in need of a sleep
study can now avoid waiting lists for pediatric sleep studies out of the area
thanks to a roving pediatric sleep study room at Kaweah Delta Sleep Disorders
When a child is scheduled for a sleep study for sleep apnea,
one of the center’s eight rooms is transformed into a Disney-themed escape for
children. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that keeps people from breathing
normally as they sleep. The long-term effects of a sleep disorder can be
serious and include heart attack, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and
Pediatric sleep studies are a growing need as childhood
obesity grows. Obesity increases a person’s risk of sleep apnea.
Located at 126 S. Floral St., Kaweah Delta’s Sleep Disorders
Center is an eight-room center staffed with board-registered technologists who
conduct sleep studies in a home-like setting. All tests are interpreted by
physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine.