A Vacation Friendly Sleep Apnea Solution
You have been looking forward to this vacation for months. You and your spouse are finally taking that cruise that’s you’ve talked about since before you got engaged.
You are looking forward to watching the moon’s reflection on the water at night, and the ship has a lot of different entertainment options in addition to the stops it will be making.
You’ve got almost everything packed, and now you have to make one last decision.
Do you want to take your CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea? You know you need to have some way to treat your sleep apnea, or your snoring is going to ruin the trip for you and your spouse.
Then you remember that this is one of the reasons you went to Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, MI. They helped design a mouthguard for you to wear instead.
A Lesson Learned
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, then you already know the symptoms, including:
◆ Constant, loud snoring
◆ Trouble breathing in your sleep
◆ Problems staying asleep
◆ Frequently feeling tired in the morning
◆ Frequent daytime sleepiness
◆ Having a dry mouth when you wake up
◆ Feeling irritable
◆ Frequent morning headaches
You know that your snoring isn’t just a problem for you. It’s a problem for anyone trying to sleep near you, whether they are down the hall or just a few feet away in the same bed.
CPAP machines are the standard treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of sleep apnea.
This machine helps because it blows directly into your airways while you sleep. Wearing the mask and using the machine consistently is an excellent way to alleviate the reason for your apnea (a blocked airway) as well as the symptoms of your condition — such as the loud, annoying snoring.
At home, your CPAP is right where you need it to be. It’s easily within reach if you need to turn it on or off. If your machine has a humidifier, you have your routine down for changing the water and keeping it clean.
When you forgot to bring it with you on that business trip last year, you woke up feeling worse than you had in years. Your co-worker who had to share the hotel room with you, well, let’s just say it was obvious how little sleep everyone got that next morning.
That trip convinced you that you may need an alternative to your CPAP. Your machine isn’t exactly travel-friendly. It takes up too much space in your luggage
You don’t really want that to be your carry-on item. You also worry about the time your luggage got put on the wrong plane, and you had to wait two days to get your clothes back.
Can you imagine if that had been your CPAP machine? It’s easy to run to a store to buy some socks and underwear if you need them, but CPAPs aren’t available at your local pharmacy.
You decided to go to Hubbard & Leath Dental when your friend told you about the mouthguard they made to help him. He couldn’t (or wouldn’t) use the CPAP that had been prescribed for him.
The dentists made a custom-fitted mouthguard that he could wear at night instead of his CPAP mask. After your bad business trip, you went to talk to them, too.
After looking at your mouth and jaw, they created a custom-fitted mouthguard for you. The mouthguard works by holding your jaw in a position different than its normally in when you sleep.
This change keeps your airways open in a different way than your CPAP, but the effect is the same. You can breathe, so you can get the healthy sleep that you need.
And you don’t snore, so you spouse can sleep better, too.
Your New Traveling Companion
Since you got your mouthguard, you’ve used it more than once on overnight trips for work and to visit family. It’s much easier to bring with you since it barely takes up any space in your overnight bag. Or you can fit it into your coat pocket.
It even came in handy during the blackout a few months ago, since there wasn’t any electricity to power your CPAP machine.
The mouthguard you got from Hubbard & Leath Dental has proven to be more useful than you originally imagined it would be.
Would you like to find out of a mouthguard could help treat your sleep apnea, either as your primary treatment or as a backup to your CPAP machine? Then call 248.266.2528 or fill out our online form to make an appointment at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.