Alzheimer Disease and Sleep Apnea: Why Treatment is Important!

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Posted: October 22, 2020

A new article published today in Neurology Advisor "Assessing the Overlapping Brain Pathologies in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Alzheimer Disease" emphasizes another reason why sleep apnea treatment is important.

According to the article "In a study of autopsied brain tissue, increased OSA severity was linked to greater concentrations of amyloid beta (Aβ) aggregates. OSA also predicted neurofibrillary tangle (NFT) burden in the hippocampus, another key feature of Alzheimer disease. These results corroborate prior studies which suggest that OSA may be a risk factor for Alzheimer disease."  Link to full article below:

A major problem with treatment of sleep apnea is that 60% of patients are not compliant with CPAP use.  Comfortable Oral Appliances are preferred by 90% of patients given a choice over CPAP.  25% of patients love their CPAP and use it all night every night.  Those who are not well treated are at risk for increased cardiovascular issues, strokes, short term memory loss and a six fold increase in motor vehicle accidents.

Oral Appliances are considered a first line treatment choice for mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Contact Dr Ira l Shapira in Chicagoland for Oral Appliance therapy to treat Sleep Apnea.

It has even been reported that Colin Sullivan the Australian researcher who invented CPAP uses and oral appliance.