Sleep Disorders Center
Good to Know
We accept all insurances, including Medicaid.
Preferred provider for Intermountain Healthcare (IHC)
Provo Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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Our Sleep Disorders Center, located in Provo and Lehi, helps patients live a healthy lifestyle through the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The center is under the direction of John Staheli, MD board-certified in Sleep Medicine. As an accredited center, we follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and have a team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals who evaluate each patient's situation and help him/her acheive the healthiest sleep possible.
- Polysomnograms (Adult and Children 4 and older)
- Home Sleep Studies
- MSLT (Narcolepsy Testing)
- We Accomodate Night Workers/Day Sleepers
- Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP/BiPAP) for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea
- Insomnia Counseling
- Monthly CPAP Support Group
- Referral System for Surgical Evaluation
- PAP NAPS
Obstructive sleep apnea develops in about 2 percent of children between ages 1 and 8 years old, during the peak years of growth and lymphatic tissue in the upper airway. Large lymphatic tissues, such as tonsils and adenoids, may block the upper airway causing sleeping children to awaken repeatedly throughout the night in order to resume breathing. Sleep apnea studies show that children can experience 200 to 300 such arousals during one night.
This disorder can lead to a number of physical problems in children. Brain cells do not get enough oxygen for adequate development. Disrupted sleep can curb growth by interfering with the release of the growth hormone, which occurs during sleep. And, behavioral and learning problems may develop from this condition.
Central Utah Clinic Sleep Disorders Center is here to help individuals return to a normal, productive lifestyle through diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The center is under the direction of Dr. John K. Staheli. Dr. Staheli is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Our dedicated center follows the guidelines of the AASM and has a team of experience, knowledgeable professionals who will work with you to evaluate your child’s situation and seek the proper treatment so you both can return to a normal healthy lifestyle.
Recognizing Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders can affect children physically and emotionally, and may result in a range of symptoms occurring while they are awake or asleep.
Some symptoms include:
- Snoring, gasping or choking during sleep
- Restless or fragmented sleep
- Hard to awaken child in the morning
- Large tonsils
- Behavioral problems
- Poor academic performance
Diagnosing Sleep Problems
Sleep disorders can be easily diagnosed and treated. Diagnosis begins with the realization there may be a problem with your child’s sleep.
If a sleep disorder is suspected, your healthcare provider may refer you to meet with our board certified sleep physician, Dr. John Staheli. However, it is possible your healthcare provider may refer you directly to the Sleep Disorders Center themselves.
Dr. Staheli will perform a physical exam and take a comprehensive history. Based on this evaluation, he may prescribe an overnight stay for a sleep study. This exam is called a polysomnogram.
What is a Polysomnogram?
The polysomnogram is a comprehensive yet painless overnight exam, which takes place as your child sleeps in one of our comfortable, home-like bedrooms while being observed by our specially trained staff. The polysomnogram provides important information about your child’s sleeping patterns by monitoring his or her brain wave activity, eye movements, blood oxygen level, breathing, heartbeat and the movement of the muscles in the arms, legs and face.
Preparing Your Child for a Polysomnogram
The most important thing to remember is that the sleep study is a simple, painless exam. The hardest thing your child will have to do is sleep. The following is a list of questions to go over with your child to help them understand what will happen during their sleep study.
What happens when I come in for a sleep study?
This test will not hurt. When you first get here, there will be a technician that will welcome you and take you to a comfortable home-like bedroom. The tech will ask your parent some questions and then you will change into your PJs. Shortly after you change your clothes, the tech will take you to a hook-up room that has a TV and some books for you to look at while the tech puts some belts and sensors and wires on your body, legs and head, neck, chest and face. You will have to try to sit still, but these do not hurt and will only have tape to hold them on that will come off easily in the morning.
How long will I be there, when is bed time, when do I get up?
Your test will last all night long while you sleep. We will start the test when you go to bed, which will be around your normal bedtime and the test will end when you wake up in the morning. The tech will remove all of the sensors off your body in the morning and then you can go home.
Can my parents stay with me?
Absolutely! In fact, one of your parents needs to stay with you all night long. They will sleep in a bed right next to yours.
Can I bring toys or games?
Yes. You may bring quiet toys, books, DVDs and /or a favorite toy and blanket and pillow to sleep with.
What do I bring to sleep in?
Bring your favorite pajamas, night shirt or whatever you usually sleep in at home.
What if I have to go to the bathroom in the night?
You can use the bathroom anytime you need to during your sleep study. There is a button by your bed your parent can push so the tech will know that you need to go. The tech will come into your room and unhook some wires and you will take the rest of the wires with you to the bathroom.
What if I get hungry?
Your parents can pack some healthy snacks to bring with you to eat if you get hungry, just not too much sugar or any caffeine.
Treating Sleep Problems from A to ZZZ
Upon completion of exam by the physician, a plan will be developed. Treatment will vary depending on the symptoms and severity of them.
Some treatment options include:
- Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP/BiPAP) for the treatment of sleep apnea
- Removal of tonsils and adenoids
- Referral system for surgical evaluation