The Tooth Doctor
Nukala Hari Reddy, DDS
Emergency Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Central, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Hari Reddy and his staff at the Tooth Doctor, serve the residents of San Antonio, Texas and many neighboring communities and towns in Bexar County. The dentist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and other disorders involving the mouth and nose.
Sleep Apnea Q & A
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person stops breathing several times while they are sleeping. In some cases, the patient "forgets" to breathe normally, while in other situations, an obstruction, such as the tongue or other tissues, block the person's airways, preventing them from taking regular breaths. When a person stops breathing, they often jolt themselves awake as the body realizes it is not receiving the oxygen it needs. Individuals who have sleep apnea have decreased levels of oxygen in the blood and will often be more susceptible to illness because they do not get sufficient amounts of sleep to keep the immune system working correctly.
How Does a CPAP Machine Help?
A CPAP machine provides "Continuous Positive Air Pressure" that helps patients maintain normal breathing patterns while they are sleeping. The patient wears a special mask that fits over their mouth and nose while they are sleeping. The machine sends a continual flow of positive air pressure through the mask that helps a person maintain normal respiration. By keeping the oxygen pressure steady, the person is able to achieve a much deeper sleep that allows oxygen levels in the blood to remain within normal range. Using a CPAP machine helps a patient wake up the next morning feeling rested and more alert.
What are Other Treatment Options?
CPAP machines are not the only way to treat sleep apnea. Doctors advise patients who are overweight to lose excess pounds that will eventually take the pressure off of the neck, chest, and diaphragm, allowing them to breathe more naturally. Technological advancements have also produced devices that act much like a pacemaker for the heart. They are implanted in the neck and chest and will actually stimulate the muscles involved in the breathing process to continue to work as they should. In some cases, surgery may be used to remove excess tissue that has built up in the throat and sinuses that block the airways.
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Words from our patients
"This Dentist will speak very clearly and directly to you, one to one. If you need a dentist, go here. You will be treated right."
"Love the whole staff. They are wonderful. They have been my dentist for many years. And will continue. I try to refer patients here when I can."
"I love the tooth dr. the staff is amazing they always ask about how my family is doing and i never feel rushed. I can not say enough great things about them!"
"Everyone is professional, friendly, caring and efficient. We can't say enough good things about The Tooth Doctor. Thank you!"
"The Tooth Doctor gives excellent care in a clean and very friendly environment. Dr. Reddy is kind and gentle. His office staff and assistants are positive."
"Best dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Reddy answered all the questions I had about my procedure and did a great job."
Great Dentist and Staff. Always friendly and helpful. Never a pained visit.
"The Tooth Doctor is one of the best. He is gentle and the work is top notch! Two Implants...Dental fees are very reasonable"
"Used to hate going to the Dentist, but it is a breeze now."
"The best customer service I've experienced in any dental office..."
I was in yesterday to receive my new crown following a root canal procedure. Dr. Reddy provided a perfect, new tooth and the procedure was pain free, as always! Thank you
"Had my dentures fixed within two hours (quick trip to the lab) and just good people to be around."
"A crown fell out around 10pm and the next day by 1pm they had squeezed me into their schedule and re-cemented the crown like new."