What to Expect at Your First Appointment at the Sleep Center
If your child has a sleep problem, there are many steps to take before diagnosis and, eventually, treatment. We may decide your child needs a sleep study, which are offered at our main Burnet Campus and our Liberty Campus. But first, we will want to get to know you and your child, spend some time discussing their history and any other health problems, and determining whether we need to perform any imaging or lab tests. All of this happens at the Sleep Disorders Center, which is located on the fifth floor of our main Burnet Campus.
Making an Appointment at the Sleep Center
We want it to be easy for you to get the care your child needs. You can contact us directly to schedule an appointment. Or, your child’s pediatrician or provider can refer your child to our center. We also take referrals from the emergency department and other hospitals.
Before Your Appointment
A nurse will contact you before your child’s appointment to prepare for the upcoming visit. During this call, we will:
- Gather information about symptoms, health history and past treatments.
- Collect past test results and medical records (We’ll provide instructions on how to share this information with us.).
- Provide pre-visit instructions.
During this call, we can also answer questions you have before your child’s visit. Of course, you’re welcome to call any time before or after your child’s visit.
On the Day of Your Visit to the Sleep Center
Arriving At Your Appointment
The Sleep Center is located on the fifth floor of the Cincinnati Children’s main Burnet Campus. You will need to arrive about 30 minutes before your child’s appointment — 15 minutes to park and walk to our clinic and 15 minutes to check in at our registration desk.
If you are running late, please contact us.
At Your Appointment
There are many different types of sleep disorders, and so we will be spending our first visit asking many questions so we can narrow down your child’s exact problem. We have sleep experts who specialize in pulmonary medicine (lungs); ear, nose and throat (ENT); neurology; psychology; plastic surgery and genetics. We will want to get a better idea of the symptoms your child has been experiencing so we know which specialists they should see. We also may order imaging and lab tests.
After Your Visit to the Sleep Center
You will receive an “After Visit Summary” at the end of your appointment, which includes important information about upcoming appointments, test results, referrals to specialists and all medications (including new prescriptions). It will also include contact information for your child’s care team.