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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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    CPAP San Antonio

    Man sleeping with CPAP mask and hoseWhen you think of sleep apnea and the treatments available for the condition, one of the things that probably comes to mind is CPAP. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) technology is one of the most widely used methods in the medical community to treat sleep apneics of all types. When used correctly, CPAP almost guarantees a safe night’s sleep, as the CPAP machine pumps air through the nasal passage and “props” the airway open, thereby allowing the sleep apneic to have ample flow and access of oxygen at all times during the night.

    The only problem is that more than half of sleep apnea patients who are prescribed CPAP treatment cannot tolerate using CPAP for a variety of reasons. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and live in the San Antonio area, Dr. Lowrance can provide you with alternative sleep apnea treatment that patients usually find much more comfortable than CPAP. Contact us today to learn more.

    How CPAP Works

    The technology behind CPAP is quite simple but extremely effective. CPAP uses a nasal mask, straps that go around the head, a flexible air hose, and of course the CPAP machine. The machine pumps air through an inner compressor that is connected to the air hose. The air hose is connected to the mask that is worn over the nose at night time, thereby providing the patient with a continuous flow of air.

    CPAP has become the gold standard in treating sleep apnea. When well-tolerated, it is highly effective at reducing the number of episodes of sleep apnea (apneas/hypopneas).

    Is CPAP The Right Treatment for Me?

    Even though CPAP is deemed to be the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea, like most things in life, there is no right answer for everything; this stands true when treating sleep apnea. While CPAP is extremely dependable and effective in ensuring patients do not stop breathing at night, there are some sleep apneics who do not do well using the CPAP machine.

    Some common problems that patients may experience with CPAP include:

    • Discomfort due to use of the CPAP mask
    • Ear pressure and headaches
    • Noise produced by the CPAP machine
    • Troublesome tubing that can get in the way, especially if patients tend to toss and turn at night
    • Mask does not stay on throughout the night

    In the case that a patient does not fare well using CPAP, there are plenty of other options. CPAP-intolerant patients should not give up on treating their sleep apnea simply because they are CPAP-intolerant.

    While the CPAP is most highly praised sleep apnea treatment in the medical community right now, other effective methods do exist.

    CPAP Alternatives – Treating Your Sleep Apnea With Other Proven Methods

    Somnodent sleep apnea applianceOne of the great things about continuously advancing health care technology is that there are frequently new methods to try when the go-to treatment methods don’t work as expected or if the patient simply prefers an alternative treatment.

    When it comes to CPAP-intolerant patients, there are plenty of other options available. Aside from CPAP, another technology that has proven to be effective is oral appliance therapy (OAT). Oral appliance therapy involves the use of an oral appliance that can be worn by patients while they sleep to reposition the jaw in a way that keeps the airway open and free of any obstruction. By repositioning the jaw, oral appliances (sometimes called mandibular advancement splints or MAS) are also able to prevent the tongue from closing off the airway.

    For some patients, CPAP technology can be used in conjunction with an oral appliance. The TAP-PAP uses CPAP technology but allows patients to wear an oral appliance rather than a mask. The oral appliance supports nasal pillows that are connected to the CPAP air hose. By more carefully controlling the air flow and by physically opening the airway through the repositioning of the jaw, lower pressure settings can be used on the CPAP, which can make CPAP more tolerable.

    Contact Us Today for CPAP Alternatives in San Antonio

    Sleep apnea is a condition that requires treatment. Without treatment, sleep apnea can steal years from your life. Come to our San Antonio office if you are seeking a sleep apnea treatment alternative to CPAP. Dr. Lowrance can help you find the sleep apnea treatment method that is best for you. Contact us today!