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Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, in conjunction with Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, is now offering full-service pediatric sleep services.
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale, home to one of Chicagoland’s premier sleep centers established more than 25 years ago, is now adding a new pediatric sleep facility with modern pediatric-specific equipment and trained pediatric sleep technicians. A correlating sleep clinic is located at 700 E. Ogden Ave., suite 202, Westmont. The clinic offers nine certified sleep physicians, a licensed clinical psychologist, several otolaryngologists, cardiologists, neurologists and an on-site dentist specializing in sleep disorder who fits patients with oral devices.
Dr. Peter Freebeck, a board-certified sleep specialist, is director of the Adventist Midwest Sleep Center, which includes Adventist Hinsdale, Bolingbrook and La Grange Memorial hospitals sleep disorders centers.
“There are very different criteria in the pediatric population, so you need experts trained to identify and treat what’s going on,” Freebeck said. “Not only does the entire environment have to be kid friendly, but the expertise in unique measurements for the pediatric patients– such as depth of breathing, amount of air flow and levels of oxygen saturation – are different, too.”
One in four children has a correctable sleep disorder. Poor sleep can contribute to behavioral and emotional problems as well as scholastic underachievement. Many children have insomnia, with difficulty falling or staying asleep. They may also have a difficult to identify obstructive breathing pattern with snoring, as well as other symptoms of poor sleep which can be more difficult to identify and are often dismissed as “acting up,” or misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder or depression. Successful treatment of the disorder involves engaging the entire family and addressing the child’s school and social adaptations.
“The ramifications for kids are huge,” Freebeck said. “A young child’s sleep disorder can disrupt the entire household, especially when the disorder is seen as a bad habit. And the teen population is typically ready to go out at 8 or 9 o’clock. The young person who can’t stay awake finds he can’t fit into the crowds, and the child unable to get to sleep at reasonable bedtimes, can be very disruptive to themselves, as well as to other family members.”
The pediatric sleep medicine team at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital is made up of internationally known, board-certified pediatric sleep medicine physicians, including Dr. David Gozal, chairman, department of pediatrics, and a pioneer in the study of childhood sleep problems, and Dr. Hari Bandla, chief, section of pediatric sleep medicine. Both Gozal and Bandla will treat pediatric patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
A pioneer in the development of bench-to-bedside approaches to pediatric sleep disorders, such as childhood obstructive sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome, Gozal’s team studies the mechanisms involved in disrupted sleep, and the long-term health and developmental consequences of chronic childhood sleep and breathing problems.
“The combination of the pediatric sleep research and treatment team at Comer Children’s Hospital with the deep experience and first-rate facilities at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital pulls together two strong complementary programs,” Gozal said.
For more information, call 630-590-2331.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.