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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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    Sleep Apnea makes you FAT


    Sleep Apnea and Getting Fat

    Sounds fishy but there is a HUGE correlation between the two. Actually you don’t have to have Sleep Apnea (OSA) to have increase weight gain; all you need to have is to loss of sleep.

    A normal night’s rest is between 7 and 8 hours for a adult. That is different from a child, teenager or senior citizen. Loss of 30 minutes of sleep per night is enough to cause Sleep Deprivation and when that happens all sorts of bad biochemical, physiological and psychological things happen. None of this is good.

    A recent article by Dr Mark Hyman describes how loss of sleep will “make you fat” and that leads to depression, pain, heart diseae, diabetes and strokes. He got my attention with the last one—strokes.

    As Dr Hyman explains, sleep apnea is where your sleep is interrupted at night because your airway closes. That event “startles” your body so you won’t suffocate. Have you ever been startled at night? Remember what happens? You wake up frightened! You feel your heart beating fast. You are alarmed that something is wrong. This can happen many times a night for someone with sleep apnea and it causes sleep deprivation even IF you don’t fully wake up. It keeps you from getting deep, restful, restorative sleep.

    This condition affects 18 million Americans and only 10% are being treated for it. You could be one of those.

    You can lose sleep from Sleep Apnea but you can also lose sleep from staying up too late watching TV or playing/working on the computer or, it could be job related such as “shift workers” experience.

    There are many things that can disrupt your Essential Sleep and lead to weight gain and getting FAT.

    Please read Dr Hyman’s article for his 19 Tips on Getting a Good night’s sleep and getting healthy.

    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.