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Obtaining a referral

Appointments for evaluation can be made in one of three ways:

  • Physician referral for a sleep study. The majority of our patients first consult with their doctor. If the physician feels it is necessary, the patient will be referred to us for an overnight sleep study.
  • Physician referral for a consultation. Some physicians ask that their patients have a consultation with us, prior to any sleep study. Consultation is then scheduled with Dr. Thornton or Dr. Baker as part of the requested physician's referral.

Note: For either type of referral above -- consultation or sleep study -- your physician's office can fill out our convenient Referral Form for doctors.

  • Self-referral for a consultation. We prefer that you first consult with your physician about your sleep problem. If your physician feels it is necessary, you can then be referred to us for a consultation.
         However, if no physician referral is available, you can make an appointment directly for a consultation with either Dr. Thornton or Dr. Baker. This is a "self-referral."

Note that you must have a consultation -- either with your doctor, or with Doctors Thornton or Baker -- before a sleep study can be scheduled.

To make an appointment

Once you have a physician's referral, or have decided to self-refer for a consultation, you're ready to make an appointment. Call (407) 303-1558 or use our online Appointment Form to schedule any type of appointment: a consultation, sleep study, or follow-up visit.

Locations for sleep studies

Sleep studies are done at all six Florida Hospital Center for Sleep Disorder locations: Orlando Main Campus, East Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Winter Park and Apopka.

Locations for consultations

Consultations are currently done at two of our six locations. The doctors see patients at the Florida Hospital's Orlando Main Campus and at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital locations.

Locations for CPAP follow-up

If your CPAP device was prescribed by Dr. Thornton or Dr. Baker, we recommend regular follow-up visits. These are available at the Orlando Main Campus and Winter Park locations.


The role of insurance

Most of our patients pay by insurance. Some insurance plans require that you have a physician's referral before seeing us for a consultation or sleep study. Other plans allow self-referrals, where the initial consultation is done by Dr. Thornton or Dr. Baker.

To find out about your insurance coverage, check our Insurance page. Or, since plans can change, simply call our insurance coordinator Susan Jacques at (407) 695-7521. She'll know if you can come right in, or if you need a physician referral first.


"Doctor Thornton and I specialize in sleep disorders. Fortunately, these are easily diagnosed and are highly treatable."

Dr. Karen M. Baker


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Solving sleep problems, snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleeping issues in Central Florida. With six sleep centers at Florida Hospital locations: Orlando Main Campus, East Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Winter Park and Apopka

Appointments: (407) 303-1558 or use our Appointment Form

NOTE: Sleep health information discussed at this website is for educational purposes. Each individual is different and may have varying symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. If you are having sleep health problems, obtain professional medical advice.