Sleep Apnea

When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? One without tossing and turning, waking with a start, or being kept awake from your partner’s snoring? Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting up to one in every fifteen Americans. Patients suffering from sleep apnea in the Lake Oswego area can now rest easy – Dr. Van Orman helps alleviate and manage sleep apnea symptoms utilizing comfortable dental appliances.

“Sleep Apnea Treatment allows us to not only change lives but save them. “

— Dr. Van Orman

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder affecting your ability to breathe during sleep. It causes cessation of breathing, restricting the amount of oxygen your body receives during sleep. Diminished oxygen levels have been linked to a host of general health issues including anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Because it is a progressive disease, sleep apnea worsens over time and can be potentially life threatening if left untreated. In addition, the disorder is more common in men than women.

How Can Dr. Van Orman Help Me?

Dr. Orman and our team can help improve and actually extend the quality and length of your life with our sleep apnea treatment. Upon completion of your consultation and overnight sleep study, Dr. Van Orman will recommend the best treatment method for you. Doing so will help reduce or completely eliminate your symptoms, which may include: cessation of breathing during sleep, snoring, irritability, lack of concentration, and a general feeling of tiredness while awake.

What is the Treatment Process?

The first step in treating your sleep apnea is to schedule a consultation with our practice. Dr. Van Orman will assess your symptoms, take measurements, and ask you to complete our sleep questionnaire. You will then take home our overnight sleep study, a portable unit offering a specialized view of your sleep patterns. Upon completion, the findings will be evaluated by Dr. Orman and a medical physician to determine the best treatment for your case.

If it’s been determined you have sleep apnea, you will likely be fitted for a comfortable dental appliance to gently open your airway, preventing cessation of breathing and improving the quality of your sleep. We will take oral impressions and send them to our sleep lab for fabrication. Your Somnodent dental appliance should be ready for pick up within one to two weeks and you’ll be on your way to a more peaceful night’s sleep.

Why Not Seek Treatment from a Sleep Center Specialist?

Our take home sleep unit is portable and worn on your head during sleep in the comfort and privacy of your own home. These two simple factors alone ensure a more comfortable experience for you as well as more accurate results. In addition, sleep apnea treatment through Van Orman Dental is actually less expensive compared to a sleep center because it takes less time and is billable through most medical insurance plans.

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 18 million Americans. Are you one of them? Breathe easier, live longer, and enjoy a better night’s rest! It’s truly possible with sleep apnea treatment by Dr. Van Orman. Contact our practice today!