Sleep Better Bend

A Stillwater Dental Specialization

Sleep Better Bend is a specialized feature of Stillwater Dental Bend. In fact, Stillwater Dental Bend is the only dental facility in Central Oregon recognized by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as a qualified clinician to treat sleep related conditions. Those conditions include Sleep Apnea, Frenectomy, Malocclusion, and Myofunctional Therapy. Our patients are able to achieve better sleep, expert dental services, and cosmetic care, all under one roof!

Better Sleep For Healthy Living

Treating Common Sleep Issues for Adults & Children

Sleep disorders are a multifactorial, whole-body connection that takes investigative work to find the root cause. Stillwater Dental takes the time to listen to patients and collaborate with other providers to devise a thorough, (w)holistic plan for our patients. We believe that it takes a team approach to give you the best care possible that’s why our patients can expect compassionate care.

Common Sleep Problems

Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep and is a common problem that affects both adults and children. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Include:

  • Headaches
  • Poor Concentration
  • Loss of Libido
  • Tiredness of waking
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Poor performance in school, on the job, or in sports
  • Increased clumsiness
  • Falling asleep during work or class

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Pediatric Questionnaire

Your Child & Sleep Apnea

Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

The Advantages

If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can provide oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.

Commonly referred to as a Tongue or Lip Tie Release is a liberation of the tongue or lip from anatomical restrictions that prevent proper nasal breathing, speech and can contribute to a myriad of other health issues.

Frenuloplasty Procedure

Frenectomy or Frenuloplasty, is a relatively minor surgical procedure performed to loosen or remove overly large, tight, or poorly positioned band(s) of tissue that are present inside the mouth, connected to the lip, cheeks or floor of the mouth (frenum.) Once the tissue has been removed, the wound will typically be sutured. Frenuloplasty is a quick procedure, generally taking less than 45 minutes, and is often performed with just local anesthesia in adults.

Zaghi Lingual Frenuloplasty

OSA and Short Frenulum

Tongue Tie 101

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) affect the functions and muscles of the mouth and face. OMDs include problems breastfeeding, stunted facial skeletal growth and development, disordered chewing, swallowing, speech impediments, malocclusion, temporomandibular joint movement/disorders, poor oral hygiene, the stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.

May Benefit those Who Suffer From

  • Headaches
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Neck pain
  • Thumb sucking
  • Nail-biting

Oral Dysfunction as a Cause of Malocclusion

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Growth and Mouth Breathing

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Growth and Mouth Breathing

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Central Oregon’s Resident Expert

Dr Tran Miller at Stillwater Dental

Dr. Miller is the only Diplomat by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in Central Oregon using the latest technology for Oral appliance therapy. She completed a residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA in 2014 and continues to do hundreds of hours in continuing education to provide optimal care. Her training and observation came from Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD at The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles, Dr. Bobbi Ghaheri, MD ENT in Portland, Dr. Audrey Yoon DMD, Stanford, Dr. Derick Nordstrom DMD, inventor of ALF and many more national and worldwide. Now, Dr. Miller hosts local lectures to physicians in Central Oregon on the topics of sleep-disordered breathing. Additionally, Sleep Better Bends works with all the myofunctional therapists in Bend!

2019 Trainings

November 2019- 20 hours: AADSM Mastery III course
September 2019- 7 hours: Untying Anklyogrossia Dr. Bobbi Ghahari
​September 2019- 20 hours: AADSM Mastery II course
July 2019- 25 hours: AADSM Mastery I course
Sept 2018 – June 2019- 16 hours: Bend Chapter of Spears Study Club
March 2019- 8 hours: ADA Pediatric Airway Symposium
March 2019- 16 hours: Spear Seminar: Dr. Jeffery Rouse: Airway Prosthodontic
Feb 2019- 8 hours: The Breathe Institute: Dr. Soroush Zaghi: Functional Approach to Frenuloplasty
Jan 2019- 16 hours: The Healthy Start: Dr. Jill Ombremo:
Jan 2019- 16 hours: Advanced light functions: Dr. Derrik Nordstrom

2018 Trainings

Oct 2018- 4 hours: Shadowing Dr. Bobbi Ghahari
Oct 2018- 4 hours: Shadow Dr. Art Parker
June 2018- 24 hours: The Healthy Start: Clinical Application: Dr. Earl Bergersen

2013 - 2017 Trainings

June 2017- 23 hours: AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Conference- Boston
Jan 2016- 16 hours: One and One training with Dr Dennis Bailey- Author and director of UCLA Dental Sleep Medicine
Jan 2016- 16 hours: AADSM Advanced Sleep Medicine Conference
March 2015-8 hours: Advanced Sleep Medicine Study Club- AADSM
Jan- Jun 2014: 60 hours: UCLA Sleep medicine for the Dentist
Jan 2013- 16 hours: Sleep Group Solutions: Obstructive sleep apnea course

What Patients Are Saying

  • My kids love Dr. Tran. They are genuinely excited to see her as she has a great bedside manner and provides them great incentives. She makes them feel at ease, and it is apparent she reviews chart notes prior to seeing them. I also love her skillset, especially when it comes to the dental/oral connection with sleeping disorders and tongue ties.

  • Friendly, efficient, and quality care. You can tell they love what they do and patients are a top priority!

  • I was fortunate to meet a dentist who truly has her patient's best interest at heart! Dr. Tran Miller comes from a comprehensive, holistic, and functional approach to individualize care for each person. I highly recommend seeing her!

  • Dr. Miller is the best for dental hygiene and sleep apnea!

  • Dr. Miller is fantastic! Let's face it, nobody likes to go to the dentist, but with Dr. Miller and her team it's actually a good experience because they treat you right and take care of your pearly whites.

  • Since wearing my oral appliance, I'm not waking up with migraines. It's made me a better father and husband. Thank you!


Committed To Lifelong Learning & Improvement

Sleep Better Bend leverages continuing education and industry advancements to provide modern dental care. We believe that if patients develop lifelong habits at a young age, they will be able to keep their teeth healthy and strong throughout their life. We are ready to help you and your family form these habits and gain confidence in a healthy smile!