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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Improve Blood Pressure in Men, Study Indicates


Following physician-prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can reduce blood pressure in men who suffer from hypertension, according to the findings of a recent study.

The study examined the impact of treating sleep apnea with the regular use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in male patients diagnosed with high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes who also experience OSA. The details of the study appear in the Oct. 15 Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Researchers monitored more than 200 men as they received routine sleep apnea treatment using CPAP devices, which help those with OSA maintain an open airway and breathe freely during sleep by funneling air to the user through a mask. In the study, researchers conducted follow-up evaluations with the men at three to six months after the initiation of treatment and again at nine to 12 months after the start of CPAP treatment.

The study indicated that systolic and diastolic blood pressure dropped substantially following treatment. Unfortunately, many people with sleep apnea who are prescribed CPAP treatment outside of a clinical study setting discontinue its use.

Patients often find the CPAP devices cumbersome and the masks too uncomfortable to continue the long-term use necessary to maintain positive results. However, there are an increasing number of comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatment options available through the field of dental sleep medicine.

If you or your partner snores regularly or displays other symptoms of sleep apnea, a qualified sleep dentist may be able to prescribe a custom-made oral appliance or other treatment option.

Please contact IHateCPAP.com to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment or to locate an experienced sleep dentist near you.

posted by Steve at 3:09 PM