The Sleep Clinic at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital diagnoses and treats a wide range of sleep disorders in infants to young adults.
The John Hopkins All Children’s Sleep Clinic identifies problems contributing to sleep disorders in children. Sleep problems are present in more than 25 percent of children under the age of 18. These problems can affect a child’s development, school performance, behavior and overall health. Our clinic is dedicated to the care and long-term management of sleep problems. It is staffed by a board-certified sleep physician, nurse practitioner and registered sleep technologists (RPSGT) with additional certification in clinical sleep health (CCSH).
In our Sleep Clinic, specialists work together to assess each patient’s sleep issue to determine if a sleep study is necessary. Some patients will not need a sleep study. Patients suspected of having a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, are often referred to our Sleep Laboratory for an in-depth sleep study. Once we have information from the sleep study, patients have a follow-up visit in our Sleep Clinic to discuss a personalized treatment plan.
Initial Clinic Visit
During the first clinic visit, the patient and family will meet with the sleep physician where a thorough history and physical examination is performed. If available, all previous sleep evaluation records should be brought to the initial appointment for the care team to review. Our specialists will discuss a possible diagnosis, recommended testing and potential treatment options. Help prepare for the initial appointment by completing paperwork in advance.
Conditions We Treat
Our clinic treats a variety of sleep problems, including:
- Sleep-disordered breathing such as obstructive apnea, snoring and central sleep apnea
- Parasomnias such as sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep terrors and nightmares
- Circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome
- Movement disorders such as periodic limb movement disorder and head banging
Sleep Clinics and Programs
Our Sleep Clinic offers specialized clinics for patient care. We also provide patients and families with educational programs to help them feel comfortable at home. A physician referral is needed to be seen at our clinic. Our clinics and programs include:
General Sleep Clinic
Symptoms often treated in our General Sleep Clinic include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sleep terrors
- Abnormal movements in sleep
- Abnormal feelings in their legs or feet prior to sleep
Our Hypersomnia Clinic treats patients diagnosed with:
- Kleine-Levin syndrome
- Idiopathic hypersomnia
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Clinic
Our PAP Clinic cares for patients with obstructive or central sleep apnea who are prescribed a machine to help them breathe. During each visit, our care team will evaluate:
- Mask fit
- Equipment function
- Effectiveness of machine
Patients attending these appointments should remember to bring all of their equipment (machine with power cord, tubing and mask with headgear).
Monthly group educational sessions help to introduce parents to positive airway pressure (PAP).
Mask Fitting and Desensitization Clinic
Our mask fitting and desensitization appointments offer patients and families education and support. During these visits, our care team will meet with the patient and family to:
- Discuss sleep apnea
- Review types of masks
- Introduce the child to the mask and machine
This appointment may last up to 60 minutes. We review desensitization techniques in detail to make sure we find the right fit.
Sleep/Occupational Therapy Program
Some patients require additional desensitization. Our sleep/occupational therapy program provides intense practice and desensitization for children with:
- Significant anxiety
- Sensory difficulties
- Neurodevelopmental challenges
If the family and sleep physician believe the program will benefit the child, the sleep physician will refer the patient during the clinic visit.
We've provided our patients and families with a variety of helpful forms. Find information on mask fittings, get driving directions and more.
Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care
3850 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
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2nd Floor, Main Hospital
501 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Sarasota, FL 34238