Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CPAP and Memory in Adults with Sleep Apnea

According to Science Daily, CPAP therapy may provide a memory boost for adults who suffer with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Though CPAP has always been the gold standard in the treatment of this common, though very dangerous condition, CPAP is often uncomfortable and patient compliance is very low. While we don’t actually hate CPAP, we do believe there are alternate methods of sleep apnea treatment that are much more comfortable for the patient and therefore lead to more patient compliance.

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is usually the first treatment modality prescribed in most sleep centers across the country. However, we have found great success with other treatments such as:

• Oral appliances
• Changes in behavior
• Changes in diet
• Medication
• Surgery

But according to a recent study, "CPAP helps restore memory consolidation in adults with obstructive sleep apnea." The findings were presented in San Antonio on June 9, 2010 at the 24th annual Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC meeting. The study found that patients with OSA who were treated with CPAP outperformed patients who did not receive CPAP. The study used an overnight picture memory consolidation task as its tool of measurement. CPAP patients, after only one night of sleep, identified more photos than the patients who did not receive CPAP.

If you suffer from OSA, there is help available to you. You just need to contact us. There are dentists all over the country who are successfully treating patients with sleep apnea using a variety of treatment methods. After a thorough evaluation, your sleep dentist will decide which is best for you.

Please seek relief from the numerous symptoms of sleep apnea by contacting www.ihatecpap.com today to schedule an appointment with one of our world-renowned sleep apnea physicians.

posted by Lynn at 12:41 PM