Family Dentistry Shavano Park, TX
Dr. Stephen Wood
13410 N.W. Military Hwy,
San Antonio, TX 78231


Our Office Hours
Mon: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Alternating Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Sleep Apnea
Do you snore or live with someone who snores? If you answered yes, you are not alone. This noisy side effect of sleep affects 30 to 45 percent of American adults. Today, we know that snoring can be a symptom of a much more serious condition, known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is different than snoring
Aside from disrupted sleep, snoring itself is essentially harmless because you have to be breathing in order to snore. For many people, a silent and dangerous event may precede snoring. In an apnea event, the airway becomes so restricted that breathing momentarily ceases. As the sleeping brain registers low blood oxygen levels it triggers an automatic panic reaction, partially awakening the person. When breathing resumes it is typically accompanied by gasps and loud snoring.

The risk of developing apnea is greater for certain people. The risk factors include the following:
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • 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
  • Stroke
  • Impaired cognitive functions
  • Fatigue
  • 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.
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