Posted by GBoogie on January 02, 2002 at 20:46:51:
In Reply to: Sleep apnea and confusion... posted by amy5233 on January 02, 2002 at 18:10:51:
Yes, apnea can cause confusion and other symptoms of dementia.
Your father is very lucky to have been diagnosed with OSA.
I have posted about my longer than expected struggle to get my Mom's apnea and dementia under control before. My posts have some medical journal cites, if you wanted to hunt down some good articles. An article by Scheltens in Neurology is very encouraging.
Let me say that your dad is lucky to have been diagnosed and to have your Mom around to assist him. CPAP requires the patient's participation. And not just for the minute it takes to swallow a pill. I have found that my Mom's dementia has been a barrier to CPAP's effectiveness. Mom is a widow and sleeps alone. I go over and set the mask up on her, but I really don't know what happens after that. I'm sure there have been nights where she wakes up to visit the bathroom and doesn't put the CPAP back on. Hopefully, your Dad will have a good monitor sleeping right next to him.
Also, I think it is important that your Dad's doctor believes in the connection, too. Despite the evidence in the medical literature, I am having a hard time convincing Mom's current doctors of the connection. (4 out of 5 doubt it, although I haven't given all of them the journal articles.) They don't even go as far as what Perry posted. I realize my Mom may not get back to 100%, but I think we won't know how good she can get until we treat the OSA better.
I left my real e-mail up above. If you would like citations for some of the better journal articles I've found or whatever, drop me a line.
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