A new study in the Sleep Medicine journal shows that moderate weight loss can help patients beat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder that occurs when the throat muscles relax and can cause high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke if left untreated.
Weight loss has been recommended by sleep experts as one of the treatments of sleep apnea, but this is the first time a study has shown that sustained weight loss of just 5 percent in overweight patients was enough to prevent the disorder from becoming worse and even preventing it in a long-term follow up.
“This study helps to reaffirm and validate what I’ve been telling my overweight patients for years,” said Dr. Greg Rubin, a dentist and sleep apnea expert at the Calabasas Dental Institute.
“I used to suffer from a mild form of sleep apnea and know from experience how hard losing weight can be, but once I did lose a little bit of weight, my apnea completely disappeared. Losing just a few pounds can make all the difference not only in improving the sleep apnea, but your overall health as well.”
But while losing weight may by a viable option for overweight sleep apnea patients, others who are not overweight but still suffer from the disorder may benefit from other treatments.
Dr. Greg Rubin suggests trying an oral device. He has been successful in treating many patients with sleep apnea by using oral dental appliances.
There are nearly 200 different oral devices that can be used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea and studies suggest that 2/3 of sleep apnea cases can be treated with dental devices, which help increase the airwaves in the throat by repositioning the lower jaw.
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Dr. Greg Rubin and his team of dental experts and specialists will help patients find the oral device that will fit their needs. They will also fabricate, fit the device and make any necessary adjustments at his office located in Calabasas, Calif.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea.
The Calabasas Dental Institute is located at 4764 Park Granada #107, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 224-2420.
Using the latest in high-tech digital technology, Dr. Greg Rubin and his team of dental experts and specialists provide first rate personalized service in all aspects of cutting edge general and cosmetic dentistry. A sleep apnea treatment center, which offers the most advanced oral treatments on the market, is also conveniently located on the premises. Dr. Greg Rubin has pioneered some of the leading technologies in the treatment of bad breath and operates a one-stop bad breath treatment facility at the Calabasas location. For his innovation, he has been recognized nationally as a leading expert in bad breath treatment by HealthTap.com, which ranked him #1 among other health experts in the field. For more information, please visit CalabasasDentalInstitute.com.