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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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    Sleep Apnea Treatment San Antonio

    Sleep apnea is a common disease, and dentists are becoming a large part of the sleep apnea treatment. However, before any type of sleep apnea treatment can be recommended, a patient must first be positively diagnosed by a sleep physician. With a diagnosis in hand, patients can then decide to consult with Dr. Lowrance to find the most suitable sleep apnea treatment method. If you live in the San Antonio area and are looking for sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Lowrance is just the dentist you need.

    Patients should know that not all sleep apnea treatment methods are suitable for all patients. There is no single treatment method that works for all sleep apneics. This is because there is more than one type of sleep apnea that patients can have, and even two patients with the same type of sleep apnea may require different types of treatment. Contact our San Antonio office today to get help in finding the sleep apnea treatment method that is right for you.

    CPAP – A Gold Standard Treatment

    Whenever you hear about sleep apnea treatment, one of the first things that comes up is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment. CPAP has become the most widely used and known method for sleep apnea treatment. The CPAP machine provides for a constant flow of air while the patient sleeps at night. A mask is worn over the mouth and/or nose so that the pressurized air can “prop” the airway open and the patient can sleep safely.

    Even though CPAP is a forerunner in sleep apnea treatment, not every patient experiences success using the machine. Many find that the CPAP is too noisy or too uncomfortable to wear at night, which in some cases may cause the patient to completely neglect sleep apnea treatment.

    Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

    There are a variety of treatment options available to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on the unique challenges posed by your mouth and airway.  For some patients, an enlarged tongue is the culprit, others have a small mouth and require an appliance that doesn’t take up a lot of room in their mouths. Some have sleep apnea that is so severe that CPAP is a must. Other patients may require surgical intervention.

    Oral Appliance Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Once Dr. Lowrance has a confirmed diagnosis from a physician that you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and he has analyzed the unique challenges posed by your physiology, he can then work with a dental laboratory to design an oral appliance that is custom-made for you to wear while you sleep. When using the oral appliance, your jaw will be repositioned so that the tongue and other soft tissues of the throat do not block the airway, making breathing easier.

    Treatment Options For Central And Complex Sleep Apnea

    Treating those sleep apneics diagnosed with central or complex sleep apnea requires a close working relationship with a physician who can monitor the patient’s progress. CPAP is usually necessary for these patients, but is not always well-tolerated, so central and complex sleep apnea patients may find that an oral appliance known as the TAP-PAP can make CPAP treatment more comfortable. The TAP-PAP oral appliance is connected to a CPAP pressure. This eliminates the need for a mask and because the oral appliance helps to open the airway, less pressure is needed from the CPAP.

    Surgical Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Though an invasive and irreversible treatment option, some patients do require surgery as part of a successful sleep apnea treatment plan. Surgery may be indicated for patients who have extremely enlarged adenoids or tonsils that cause obstruction despite mandibular (the lower jaw) advancement using an oral appliance. Some aggressive surgeries such as the UP3 surgery remove other soft tissues such as the uvula in addition to removing the adenoids and the tonsils. Most dentists recommend this surgery be left as a last resort. In some cases, the scar tissues from these surgeries can obstruct the airway and cause snoring so bad that both patient and doctor wonder if the procedure really helped at all.

    Palatal pillars are another surgical treatment option. Though more useful in treating snoring than sleep apnea, palatal pillars strengthen the soft palate through the use of surgically implanted strips of polyester. Once implanted, the body forms scar tissue around the pillar that firms up the soft palate so that while sleeping, it does not collapse and vibrate. Unlike other surgeries, the palatal pillars procedure is reversible.

    Sleep Apnea Treatment in San Antonio With Dr. Lowrance

    Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Have you tried sleep apnea treatment in the past that didn’t provide expected results? Do you want to sleep better at night? If so, don’t hesitate to come to Dr. Don Lowrance. Dr. Lowrance provides sleep apnea treatment in the San Antonio area and can help give you the relief you need.

    Schedule an appointment to discuss the sleep apnea treatment options that are available to you. Contact us by phone or online today and you’ll be able to sleep safer in no time.