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Dr. Steve Carstensen Treats Sleep Apnea – Improving Quality of Life for Sleepy People and Their Bed Partners
Date:1/2/2013

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

What’s lost in treating disease is the effect on the people around the patient. Sleep apnea, which affects nearly 20% of the population, can be resolved in a number of ways. New information, published in The Swedish Dental Journal, reports that bed partners of treated people have improved health as well.

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are conditions diagnosed by sleep specialist physicians that disrupt sleep by closing the airway – from a few times a night to many times a minute. Not being able to breathe creates severe body responses, from excessive sleepiness during the day to increases in stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. The Swedish study focused on shorter term, quality of life measurements.

They asked snorers and sleep apnea patients and their bed partners about their ability to concentrate, joy, interest in social interaction and other gauges of life enjoyment. To no one’s surprise, treating the condition improved scores for the patients, but what is striking is the jump in ratings for the bed partners. They concluded ‘in all dimensions, the treatment effect had a great influence, not only on patients but bed partners as well.”

70 – 80% of patients and 55 – 68% of bed partners showed improvements in general well being and physical strength following successful treatment of the obstructive sleep apnea using a custom oral device provided by a trained dentist. Scores improved in every measurement.

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