SLEEP APNEA & SNORING TREATMENT
Always Tired? The Rest You Need is Vital for Maintaining Good Health
Top health needs certain things, like air, water, food – and sleep. Your brain and body must have
the time they require to re-boot every single day.
Throughout the day, your body, especially your heart, collects stress. When you finally are able to
rest at night, your heart slows and begins decompressing. This relieves the stresses it’s gathered.
In order to rebuild the energy required to tackle another day, your body and brain must take time to
revitalize during sleep. When they get what they need, your blood pressure declines and the pace of
age-related diseases slows down. You can curb illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and
When you suffer from lack of sleep, a burden is placed on your heart with excessive strain and stress on
the muscle. Sleep disorders have all been connected to heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and
in severe circumstances, even death.
Snoring Can Be More Than an Annoyance
Quite frequently, snoring is an early sign of a more critical health concern known as sleep apnea. People who
suffer from sleep apnea experience an obstruction in their airway. They probably don’t even realize it. The
obstruction prevents them from getting oxygen regularly throughout the night. Those suffering from sleep apnea
experience elevated blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.
It’s important not to be dismissive of sleep loss thanks to these serious health concerns and the specter of
premature death. Sleep deprivation can also negatively affect brain function, increasing stress hormones and
leading to depression.
Even if you have only mild sleep apnea, being fitted with an oral appliance can result in the reduction or even
cessation of snoring. This could be a great gift to your partner as well as your life!
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP device, which is the gold standard for moderate to severe
sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A machine connected to a mask pumps a continuous
stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth throughout the night. However, many people find this uncomfortable
and they stop wearing the mask.
But we can offer an alternative treatment. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but can’t tolerate or are
frustrated with your CPAP, let us know. Dr. Ruiz can fit you with the Thornton Adjustable Positioner™, or TAP device.
The appliance gently realigns your tongue and jaw to open your airway and allow more air flow to the lungs as you
sleep. This is easy to insert and remove, easy to keep clean, and convenient for travel. The TAP device is amazingly
comfortable and has an excellent success rate for sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don’t have to fill your nights. Give us a call today at (210) 736-5161 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.