The department of Otolaryngology provides comprehensive ear, nose and throat (ENT) care for the children of the Rocky Mountain region. Faculty and staff conduct clinics for sinusitis and voice disorder. Otolaryngologists are routinely involved in the hospitals Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, which treats more than 200 young patients annually. The department also oversees the regions only pediatric Sleep Lab. An aggressive clinical outreach program is supported through The Childrens Hospital network of Specialty Clinic Centers located throughout the Denver metro area. Otolaryngology services are offered on the main hospital campus and in Aurora, Centennial, Littleton and Broomfield.
Kenny H. Chan, MD
Sleep Lab Helps Kids Get Their zzzzs
The Rocky Mountain Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program at The Childrens Hospital assists primary care physicians and specialists with the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with sleep problems. More than 650 young patients visit the sleep lab each year to be diagnosed and treated for such sleep-related problems as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, circadian schedule disturbances, daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy and insomnia. Twenty percent of all children suffer from some type of sleeping problem. The etiology ranges from poor sleep habits to underlying medical conditions. Whatever the cause, the impact can be devastating to children and their families. In response to these disorders, staff at The Childrens Hospital provide comprehensive clinics and overnight evaluation to make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Norman Friedman, MD, director of The Childrens Hospital Sleep Lab, explains, Often sleep disorders are overlooked as a root cause of kids problems or are misdiagnosed as behavior disorders. Weve seen dramatic changes in children by changing their sleep patterns. As the only pediatric sleep lab in a seven-state area, The Childrens Hospital offers young patients and their parents the most advanced sleep disorder diagnosis and therapy services.