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Dr. David A. Little, DDS, San Antonio, TX

Professionals in Dentistry
6961 U.S. Highway 87 East
San Antonio, TX 78263

Email:dlittledds@professionalsindentistry.com

Phone: 210.648.4411
Fax: 210.648.6498

As a small child I loved working with my hands in my father's custom boot company. This love, coupled with an inherited desire to help others, led me to pursue a doctorate degree in dentistry. I graduated in 1984 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Since that time, I've devoted a significant amount of time to refining my craft through continuing dental education.

In 1998, I began sharing my extensive experience and passion for advanced dental techniques with my professional colleagues. I've had the privilege of educating thousands of dentists around the world on advanced dental procedures and techniques through dental education workshops and clinical seminars.

When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy family time with my wife,Lee Ann, my daughter Morgan and my son Zachary. If I can sneak some 'alone' time, I love to play golf and follow my Spurs.

Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in our practice.

Friday
May092014

New Technology in Software in Dentistry, With Dr. David Little, Dentist, San Antonio, Texas

As technology grows, one of the important things is the ability to be able to pull of the technology together.  One of the reasons Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, likes to use the Care Stream system is that it's all integrated together.  His practice management software is integrated with his digital x-rays, cone beam technology and digital photos, so the information can be gathered very easily.

Dr. David LittleBy having everything intergrated together, when Dr. Little is doing a consultation, he can send all of that patient's information over to the other practitioner to get the best result for the patient.  More importantly, Dr. Little says that in the office, at any time, any staff member can pull up the information, access it and see all of it on one screen, which is a very nice feature, Dr. Little says.  

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network ofSequence Media Group.

Monday
Apr072014

Financing Options Available for Dental Patients, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, tells his patients that they will be making an investment when it comes to their dental care.  With the advances in technology, he's really able to predict the results of his patients, making them happy. 

There are several options available to Dr. Little's patients when it comes to financing to make it affordable for everyone.  Other than the traditional types of financing, Dr. Little also utilizes another company called Comprehensive Finance that actually allows the dentist to make the decision on whether or Dr. David Littlenot to finance the patient.  The company will advise the dentist but it's ultimately under the dentist's control over whether or not to finance the patient.  This really helps patients that really need the treatment but are not in the position to afford it. 

All the dental procedures we perform allow for financing, especially procedures involving aesthetic dentistry.  For sleep therapy is a bit different in that it's not covered by dental insurance, rather medical insurance and Dr. Little's office will help in filing with the patient's medical insurance to get the maximum benefit they can.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Apr072014

How the ACSDD Helps Patients, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas who is especially interested in sleep apnea because he is an actual sleep apnea patient.  He wore a CPAP device that he couldn't tolerate, he had an unsuccessful surgery done and he currently wears a dental appliance.  The ACSDD, or the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, of which Dr. Little is a member, helps patients.  He sought out an organization that would help him be better. 

Dr. David LittleOne of the things he likes about it is the educational piece and the fact that it's inter-disciplinary in pulling it all together to get the best results possible for patients.  It's also not a political organization, so it's really more about the education and treating patients.  By working together with the physicians and the sleep labs and pulling the whole team together, you can just treat patients better.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Apr072014

Alternatives to CPAP Devices for Sleep Apnea, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

There are alternatives to wearing a CPAP device for those with sleep apnea.  Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, says that surgery can be done to remove the tissue blocking the airway.  It is a hard surgery with long a recovery and a success rate of only 50%.

Dr. David LittleThe other option is to use a dental appliance.  The dental appliance is custom-fit for each patient.  Dr. Little works with the sleep lab to move the jaw forward to the perfect position to allow for maximum air.  It is very comfortable to wear and because of this, dental appliance usually have higher compliance rates than those with CPAP devices. 

Dr. Little has a concern about purchasing over the counter dental appliances because you never know if they will work.  A person will not know how to adjust it and even more, the patient can stop snoring and think they're fine, resulting in a "false-positive" but in reality, that person might still have apnea and that can lead to bigger problems down the road.  Dr. Little says it's much better to let a professional design it and adjust it perfectly so that it's comfortable and we're getting results by testing.

Medical insurance does cover oral appliances and at Dr. Little's office, they help their patients get the maximum amount of coverage and help with that process so it's an easy transition.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Apr072014

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

 

The consequences of not treating sleep apnea can be severe because it can lead to a lot of things, says Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio.  With a lack of sleep, we see people with high blood pressure, diabetes and a lot of other health problems.  A lot of Dr. Little's patients feel so good after treatment that they realized they never were aware of how bad they were feeling in the first place.

Dr. David LittleStudies have shown that if you treat sleep apnea, you can add 10 years to your life, according to Dr. Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  If left untreated, it can lead to death.  It's a team approach to treating sleep apnea, says Dr. Little and working with physicians and sleep labs, the sleep apnea can be diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe.  The standard of care is the CPAP machine, which is a device that puts positive air pressure into the lungs and allows you to breath.  The problem with the CPAP machine is that there is only about a 50% compliance rate, so not everybody can wear that. 

Other options include surgery in the back of the mouth to open up the airway and the third option is a dental appliance.  The appliance, when adjusted correctly, moves the jaw forward, which moves the tongue forward and opens up the airway, allowing the patient to breathe.  Dr. Little has had all three treatments done because he was diagnosed with sleep apnea.  He says that he doesn't fit the profile, which is another thing dentists notice because as dentists, they're able to look down a patient's mouth and see when there's going to be potential problems and correct them before they are problems.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.