• Office Location

    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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    What Is A Sleep Apnea/Snoring Mouthpiece?

    A sleep apnea appliance is a device used to neuromuscularly balance the jaw so that the airway does not collapse during sleep. A collapse in the airway can cause sleep apnea as well as snoring. In the case of a patient suffering from chronic snoring, Dr. Lowrance will refer you for a sleep study or use an ambulatory sleep study reviewed by a physician, to decide whether or not snoring is the condition at hand or if it is merely a symptom of sleep apnea. If snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea the patient will be fitted with a sleep apnea appliance.

    For those patients who simply snore without the existence of sleep apnea, a snoring mouthpiece is ideal. Both devices are able to keep the airway clear during the night so that vibrations in the throat do not cause any sort of noise.

    Snoring mouthpieces are just one treatment method for snoring. There are other methods that may be combined with a mouthpiece to entirely get rid of snoring. Take a look at and consider these other snoring treatment methods.

    Not All Mouthpieces Are Equal

    Be aware that while sleep apnea appliances will usually cure snoring, not all snoring mouthpieces are suitable for treating sleep apnea. Snoring mouthpieces should only be used to treat the condition in the case of very mild sleep apnea. Patients with more severe sleep apnea will not get any sort of benefit from simply using a snoring mouthpiece. In fact doing this is dangerous and only puts your health at risk.

    If you want to learn more about sleep apnea appliances and snoring mouthpieces, visit our sleep apnea appliances page. If you want to be fitted for an appliance for either or both conditions, Dr. Lowrance can do just that. During your consultation Dr. Lowrance will be able to decide which device is best for your own personal needs. He realizes that every patient is different and because of this has a wide variety of appliances that can be used to treat both sleep apnea and snoring. Click here to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Before you know it you’ll be sleeping easier, quieter, and waking up much more refreshed!