Take Your Sleep Apnea Treatment With You
It’s that time of year when you may be counting down to your big vacation. Whether you are planning a trip with your spouse or significant other or you are taking the entire family somewhere special, you want to be well rested.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, however, this can pose some problems.
Your condition can make it difficult for you to get the sleep that you need to feel refreshed and ready to take on a take of fun. At the same time, trying to bring a CPAP machine can make packing more difficult. If you don’t have a way of dealing with your sleep apnea, your snoring could prevent anyone sharing a room with you from getting a good night’s sleep.
If you are in this situation, today would be a good day to call 916-786-4865. Make an appointment at Advanced Dental Concepts in Roseville, CA to learn how an oral appliance could give you a more portable treatment option.
What CPAPs Do
For people with obstructive sleep apnea, the key to treatment is finding a way to keep their airway open when they fall asleep. With this condition, your airways become blocked as you drift off. That is what causes both loud snoring and frequent breathing stoppages, which affect the quality of your sleep (or lack thereof).
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine solves this problem by pushing air into your airway. That pushes away soft tissues that may have collapsed on one another. This allows you to keep breathing throughout the night.
When used consistently, a CPAP can be an effective sleep apnea treatment. Unfortunately, many people don’t stick to this treatment. Travel can be a complicating factor as well. You may not have the space to pack your CPAP separately, or you just may want a simpler option for those times you are going away for a fun weekend or a work trip.
This is when our treatment solution comes in handy.
A Proven Portable Treatment Option
When traveling, you may prefer to have a treatment you can carry in a pocket instead of bringing in a separate carry-on bag. Our oral appliance fits the bill.
The appliances have been approved as a first-line treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and as a secondary option for patients with severe sleep apnea who can’t tolerate a CPAP or won’t use one of these machines.
The oral appliance works by slightly adjusting the position of your lower jaw. By doing this, you can keep your airway open while you are asleep. This lets you get the deep sleep that you need to feel rested and refreshed. It also greatly reduces and may even prevent you from snoring. This is something your travel companions will appreciate.
These appliances are custom-made for each patient. They are about the size of an athletic mouthguard, which means they can be carried (in a protective case) that fits in a coat pocket. You won’t need to check or carry an extra bag when you are traveling with this treatment option.
Enjoy Your Vacation
If you don’t get a healthy night of sleep, you are less likely to have the energy to enjoy your vacation. Besides, a bad night of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, which won’t be fun for anyone else traveling with you, either.