Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Ruin Your Summer Travel Plans
We hope that you have been enjoying your summer thus far. This summer is full of many opportunities that were not available to us last year. Most people have vacations and camping trips planned. In fact, travel has been at an all time high now that much of the country has reopened. Many weekly rentals, hotels, and campgrounds are fully booked for the remainder of the summer. Travel can be particularly tricky if you suffer from sleep apnea. It can be quite a chore to pack up any machinery, such as a CPAP machine, to prepare for travel. Did you know that there are other alternatives to assist with sleep apnea that are better to travel and camp with? Continue reading to learn more about this.
Effective Alternative to Treat Sleep Apnea
When patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea, many think that the only solution available is a CPAP machine. This appliance utilizes pressurized air that is breathed through a mask while sleeping. While this method is considered the gold standard for treatment of sleep apnea, many people find it difficult to travel with. It can be bulky and difficult to pack, can be a hassle to clean while traveling, needs a power supply, and can add additional difficulties when trying to get through security when flying. In these instances, we will recommend the use of an oral appliance. An oral appliance is a custom-fitted apparatus that resembles a mouthguard or retainer and is used when sleeping.
Great When Traveling
We know that many of our patients are taking advantage of the ability to travel and camp again this summer. It can be a hassle when traveling or camping to pack a bulky CPAP machine. Packing an oral appliance is much easier, not to mention it offers many patients better quality sleep. It can also be used on a plane or while taking a nap on a long drive. It keeps your airway open and creates more room for your tongue. Oral appliances also offer benefits such as:
- No more snoring
- Improved health and energy levels
- Convenient and comfortable
If you have any questions about traveling with sleep apnea this summer or would like more information about an oral appliance, feel free to call us at our office located in Auburn & Silverdale, WA.