Overview

Providing answers and treatment for your sleep problems, Providence Sleep Disorders Centers have a team of sleep experts who have diagnosed and treated sleep disorders for more than 25 years. Our experience shows that most people can significantly improve their quality of sleep and life through a variety of treatment options.

One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea, which literally means to stop breathing during sleep. Many people don't realize snoring can cause significant health issues. Often it is a bed partner, family member or friend who notices the signs of sleep apnea: snoring, snorting and/or gasping for air.

Left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to a number of medical problems. Research has shown that people with sleep apnea may experience:

  • Extremely loud, heavy snoring often interrupted by pauses and gasps
  • Daytime sleepiness, sometimes leading to falling asleep at work, while driving or during conversation
  • Decreased daytime alertness, loss of energy or constant fatigue
  • Irritability, short temper
  • Morning headaches
  • Irregular heartbeat during sleep
  • Forgetfulness
  • Change in mood or behavior
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Impaired on-the-job performance
  • Increased rate of accidents when driving or operating equipment
  • Heart abnormalities or hypertension

Fortunately most people can be helped once their condition is diagnosed.

Providence Sleep Disorders Centers provide a wide range of sleep services. Our sleep disorders centers use several diagnostic tests, including:

Diagnostic testing: Providence Sleep Disorders Centers provide a wide range of diagnostic sleep testing procedures, including polysomnography, MSLT, MWT and home sleep testing.

Pediatric sleep specialty: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center specializes in pediatric sleep consultations and sleep testing for patients six months and older.

Providing for special needs: We accept people who have multiple medical issues, including those with mobility challenges and those from long-term care facilities. Our larger facilities are able to provide in-patient sleep testing for patients who are too ill to come to the outpatient sleep center.

Immediate access to emergency services: Each facility has direct access to the emergency department and rapid response teams. Rapid response teams are made up of dedicated doctors, critical-care registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are able to evaluate any patient, day or night, on a moment’s notice.

Advanced technologies: Providence Sleep Disorders Centers provide advanced titration technologies for treatment of complex sleep apnea, neuromuscular diseases and other respiratory diseases with the newest technologies like AVAPS and auto-servo ventilation.

Insomnia program: Patients can be referred to an insomnia specialist who provides a comprehensive classroom program for understanding, treating and living with insomnia.

Providence sleep centers professionals

Board-certified sleep specialists: Providence sleep physicians are board-certified in sleep medicine and are able to diagnose and treat multiple sleep problems and disorders.

Extensive education program: All technologists have more than six months of classroom and clinical training before providing tests for patients, a standard that far exceeds the industry standard.

Commitment to community: Each year, Providence sleep programs support the Providence Mission, giving back to their communities by providing community education, participating in health fairs and presenting continuing education for industry professionals. 

Each year Providence Sleep Disorders Centers host the Annual Providence Sleep Symposium for Sleep Professionals. This event provides a well-known keynote speaker, continuing education credits and has attendance of 200 or more each year.

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

All testing is done in accordance with standards established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). All Oregon Providence Sleep Centers are Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

  • The Sleep Disorders Center at Providence Portland Medical Center has been accredited by the AASM since 1988.
  • The Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has been accredited as a center since July, 1999.
  • The sleep laboratory at Providence Milwaukie Hospital Sleep has been accredited since 2001.

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Additionally the center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.