The risk of developing apnea is greater for certain people. The risk factors include the following:
- Gender (the risk is greater for men)
- Age (the risk is greater for those over 65)
- Family history of snoring or apnea
- Alcohol consumption
Sleep apnea can increase your risk of the following:
- Destruction of your teeth
- Heart disease
- Impaired cognitive functions
- Daytime sleepiness
- Traffic accidents
- High blood pressure
An Alternative to CPAP: The TAP Device
Many people who have been diagnosed with apnea choose to discontinue treatment because the device is uncomfortable and inhibits sleep. The noise is another common complaint patients have about CPAP machines.
Oral appliance therapy is an innovative approach that quickly became the gold standard in many situations. At Dr. Stephen Wood Dentistry, we use the TAP device, which works by maintaining optimal jaw position and holding the airway open. It is custom made for each patient, ensuring a comfortable fit and a restful night’s sleep.
Are you ready for a great night’s sleep, every night? If you have been diagnosed with apnea, or you think that you may have apnea, call us at (210) 558-3133 and arrange a consultation. Our San Antonio Dentist can help you regain a better quality of life with comfortable Sleep Apnea treatment.