Dothan Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic offers one of two pediatric sleep centers in Alabama. The sleep center is led by Dr. David Lozano, a board-certified sleep medicine physician, and a sleep team of expertly-trained sleep technologists, nurses, and support staff. Our sleep center is provisionally accredited by American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Each sleep technologist has completed special training and obtained certification. Our state-of-the-art sleep center features four sleep rooms accommodating infants through adolescents. Each sleep room is equipped with a private bath, comfortable accommodations for parents, and a staff ready to meet the individual needs of both patients and parents. For patients needing sleep studies, our staff will guide you through the entire process. From scheduling your child’s study, reviewing pre and post-instructions, and verifying your insurance coverage, we are here to help make your child’s sleep study successful and comfortable.
What to Expect
- Please arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m. on the evening of the scheduled procedure. Please park in the front parking lot closest to the front doors. The doors will be unlocked promptly at 6:45 p.m. for you to enter. IMPORTANT: Space allows for only ONE parent/guardian per patient in the sleep center. Additional parents, siblings, friends, etc., will not be allowed in the facility.
- Once you have entered the building, the doors will be locked until your child is discharged the following morning. For your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, exiting/re-entering the building during the night is prohibited. The study will be concluded, and you will be discharged between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. the following morning.
- Each bedroom has its own private toilet and sink. A shower is available for patients and their parent if needed.
- Items you will want to pack for your child may include (depending on age): comfortable sleep attire, an extra change of clothes, toiletry items, formula, diapers, and a comfort item, such as a doll, stuffed animal, or favorite blanket and if you prefer, feel free to bring a personal pillow.
- We require that one parent/guardian stay overnight with the patient regardless of the patient’s age.
- There are no diet restrictions; however, we recommend decreasing any caffeine consumption after noon on the day of the study. Please have the patient eat dinner before arriving at the sleep center. Feel free to bring an age-appropriate, easy to manage snack for that evening for both the patient and the parent. A refrigerator is available for your convenience.
- Wash the patient’s hair on the day of the test but avoid using conditioners and hairspray. In addition, do not use hair oils or skin lotions. Please avoid hairpieces and weaves. Please have the patient remove all makeup prior to arrival. Dark colored fingernail polish should be avoided. If the patient wears “fake” nails, please remove a nail off one of the index fingers.
- Except for infants, toddlers, and young children, please do not let the patient take a nap the afternoon of the study.
- If your child has any medical equipment (i.e., G-tube pump, nebulizer, ventilator, suction machine, etc.), be sure and bring with you to the study.
- For patients, cell phone usage is not permitted once the study begins. Parents, you may use your cell phone if it is on silent and the screen light is dimmed. Earbuds are strongly suggested.
- Each of our bedrooms has a TV for your convenience. Please be mindful of others when adjusting the volume. The TV will be turned off when the study begins.
- If your child runs a fever of 100.4° or higher the day of the study or has any other symptoms, please call 334.793.1881, extension 3355, for instructions.