Sleep Apnea

A child with sleep apnea lays in bed.

When your child doesn’t sleep well at night, is constantly cranky or seems overly sleepy during the day, your child may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. At Nemours, our sleep medicine experts are board-certified pediatricians and pulmonologists (lung doctors) with special training in evaluating the causes of, and treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea in children.

 
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Most children have a restless night every now and then — but when it becomes a habit and your child is not getting enough sleep or quality sleep because of sleep apnea, it could lead to other physical and mental problems. Sleep apnea in children occurs when kids stop breathing during periods of sleep.

At Nemours, our team of sleep medicine experts will take a complete medical history of your child and perform a complete physical examination.

An overnight sleep study — polysomnography — conducted at one of our Sleep Centers, will measure your child’s quality, quantity, and breathing patterns during sleep to determine if your child has sleep apnea.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

8331 N. Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4700

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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Where to Go for Your Child's Sleep Study

Nemours Children's Sleep Center
2413 Executive Plaza Road
Pensacola, FL 32504
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Nemours Children’s Sleep Center is a stand-alone facility located at 2413 Executive Plaza Road, Pensacola, FL 32504. It’s located in the Emerald Coast plaza across from Pensacola State College, northeast of Cordova Mall.

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

Brief pauses in breathing during sleep are normal. But if your child stops breathing often during sleep or for longer periods, sleep apnea may be to blame. If your child has sleep apnea, oxygen levels in the body may fall and sleep can be disrupted. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to learning, behavior, growth and heart problems. Our pediatric specialists in Pensacola treat children who have sleep apnea.

To help determine the best course of treatment for your child’s sleep apnea, we may schedule your child for a sleep study at the Nemours Children’s Sleep Center. A study can help us get to the bottom of what’s going on, and address ways to help your child start sleeping — and feeling better again.

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