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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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    Snoring Treatment San Antonio

    When it comes to snoring treatment there are all sorts of options that patients can consider; in fact there are literally hundreds of different ways to treat the condition, but of course not every . From at home methods to dentist-prescribed treatments, there is sure to be a snoring treatment available that suits your lifestyle and completely rids you of your night-time noisiness. Many times patients find that a combination of treatments is what really puts a stop to snoring.

    At-home and Behavioral Methods of Snoring Treatment

    You will find that there are plenty of at-home methods and behavioral changes that you can make that may be the answer you need to end your snoring problem. Below are some things to consider trying before moving onto other methods:

    1. How do you sleep? Consider your sleeping position if you are a chronic snorer. Those who sleep are more prone to snore than those who sleep on their stomachs or sides. If stomach or side-sleeping is uncomfortable for you try using pillows or foam to prop up your upper body. Both methods keep weight off of your neck that may cause the soft tissues to collapse and cause blockage.
    2. Sick? Allergies? If you have some sort of respiratory infection, allergies, asthma, or some other condition that can cause congestion in the nose or lungs, be sure to take proper medication to treat them. In this case the snoring is usually temporary though it can still be a problem, even if it only does last a few days.

    A great treatment option for those who are sick and experience restricted airways because of it is Breathe Right® strips. These strips have proven to increase airways by up to 25% which may be enough to stop your snoring as long as they are placed correctly. Any other type of decongestant may also be useful.

    1. Do you drink? If you often have a drink or two many find that drinking closer to bed time can cause snoring. Be sure to drink no more within an hour of going to sleep. Alcohol is a relaxant and can overly-relax the muscles near the airway.

    If none of these methods work for you, there are other snoring treatment options that may be required and much more effective.

    Obesity – Weight-loss and Snoring

    For some patients, a snoring problem is caused by being overweight. This is because the patient has excess fat pockets on various places throughout the body, including the neck area. The fat located in this area can compress the airway, which can cause snoring. The deposits themselves can start vibrating as well. Dr. Lowrance has seen very few patients who have successfully lost enough weight on their own to stop snoring and permanently resolve their OSA. For patients whose main cause of OSA is obesity, Dr. Lowrance may refer you to speak with a bariatric surgeon. Weight-loss is an effective method to treating both snoring and sleep apnea though patients who suffer from both often need professional help to lose the needed amount of weight.

    Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

    Oral appliance therapy (OAT) has proven to be a very effective method of treating all sorts of dental conditions including snoring as well as sleep apnea. A number of people who snore on a nightly basis also suffer from sleep apnea so using oral appliance therapy just makes sense! Using oral appliances allows to put the jaw into a more balanced position from a neuromuscular perspective, which means that the airway of open and free of blockage.

    Surgery – Invasive But Sometimes Necessary

    Some patients require more extensive treatment to cure their snoring problem. This is true for those who have enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils that are blocking the airway. An overabundance of soft tissue within the throat may only be solved through surgical methods that will remove the soft tissues including the adenoids, tonsils, and possibly even the uvula.

    The number one thing to keep in mind is that snoring isn’t a condition to take lightly, especially if at-home and OTC methods do not work. Snoring is a big symptom with those patients suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that can shorten your life. Click here to contact our office today to learn about snoring and treatment methods available to you.