High Blood Pressure Lowers With Sleep Apnea Treatment

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 9:01 pm

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at higher risk for high blood pressure and other health issues. Treating sleep apnea helps lower blood pressure and the treatment can be CPAP or an oral appliance.

Most studies of sleep apnea use only one form of treatment in their studies and most of the time it is CPAP. While CPAP has been the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, about half of patients given the machine simply cannot tolerate it. Some have problems wearing the face mask, others can’t abide the tubing or the noise from the compressor.

Swiss researchers performed a meta-analysis of previously published data to come to their conclusions. “CPAP and MADS (oral appliances) not only reduce symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as sleepiness, but also lower blood pressure,” said lead researcher Dr. Malcolm Kohler at University Hospital of Zurich.

Oral appliances work by placing the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep which keeps the tongue from collapsing back into the airway and stopping breathing. Most patients find using an oral appliance to be much more comfortable and studies have shown much higher rates of compliance with oral devices.

Do you have obstructive sleep apnea? If you have been diagnosed but are not treating your disease because of intolerance to CPAP please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation and find out how an oral appliance can effectively treat your sleep apnea.

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Category: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), sleep apnea


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