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    Don H Lowrance, MS, DDS, PC
    5282 Medical Drive,
    Suite 430
    San Antonio, Texas 78229
    (210) 294-5111

    We are located in a 4 story building located at the corner of Medical Dr. and Babcock Rd. You can enter from Medical Dr. or Babcock Rd. Take the elevator in the lobby, to 4th floor, and turn right. We are in the same offices as Dr. Ana Maldonado and Dr. Robert Busby.

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    Don H. Lowrance, DDS
    4707 Everhart Road #101
    Corpus Christi, TX 78411
    (361) 851-8274
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    ADHD could be Sleep Apnea


    Attention Deficit Problems May be Sleep Related.

    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis has increased dramatically in recent years (up 22% between 2003 and 2007 alone). This was reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). However, many experts believe that this may be overlooked Sleep Disordered Breathing like Sleep Apnea. The symptoms are very similar. Children often become wired, moody and obstinate. They may have trouble focusing, sitting still and getting along with peers.

    If this is the case, then for many misdiagnosed children, the drugs used to treat the disorder my be exacerbating the problem, making the children harder to manage.

    I am not saying ADHD doses not exist but we do need to be careful to rule out Sleep Related Breathing Disorders like Sleep Apnea before we prescribe medications for ADHD. In one recent lecture I attended, the parents of a normal looking 11 year old told about how they spent 8 years and $22,000 treating ADHD when it was Sleep Apnea. A dentist discovered this by just noting the dark circles under his eyes and his huge tonsils. The parents thought his snoring was just “deep sleeping”.

    Children have a very low tolerance for loss of good sleep. As little as 30 min. loss of needed sleep per night can quickly lead to ADHD like symptoms, and the drugs to treat ADHD (Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta) can cause insomnia. Treatment can become a vicious, compounding cycle.

    If you want personal, quality care then I suggest you find a dentist who focuses on treating Sleep Apnea.

    Don H. Lowrance, MS, DDS, PC
    5282 Medical Drive, Suite 430
    San Antonio, TX 78229
    (210) 294-5111

    Dr Lowrance is a dentist who has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ and Sleep Apnea. He lectures locally on Sleep Apnea and has organized a dental sleep study club in San Antonio, TX.