Sleep apnea has a seriously detrimental effect on the quality of patients’ lives, so it’s understandable that those who suffer from the condition want to get relief as quickly as possible.
The good news is that after a patient is established with a sleep apnea clinic and receiving treatment, the effects will be noticeable in a relatively short timeframe. In fact, the biggest delay in the process is likely to involve the patient’s lack of awareness of the symptoms that indicate sleep apnea.
Before a patient can be treated at an apnea clinic, the patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. This diagnosis helps to inform the proper treatment.
The main factor in determining a treatment timeline is the availability of the various practitioners involved in the process. Patients can see results in a matter of a few weeks if they can undergo a sleep study and subsequently see an oral surgeon in a timely fashion.
After the oral surgeon decides on the most appropriate treatment, most patients will notice some improvement in apnea-related symptoms within a matter of weeks, maybe even days.
The prescribed device may affect that adjustment period. For example, if a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask is prescribed for you, it can take a few days to adjust to wearing the device while you sleep.
Mouthguards offer a viable alternative to the CPAP mask, and they’re less obtrusive so patients may get relief more quickly. These devices reposition the jaws and/or the tongue to keep the airway opening clear during sleep. They’re no less comfortable than wearing an athletic mouthguard.
When your sleep apnea is treated properly, you will get relief in terms of improved energy and mood. You also may reduce your chances of other related problems like stroke and heart attack. Our dual degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help to address your sleep apnea, so consult with our team to get back on the right track to health after apnea.