Everything is packed and ready to go. You have your tent, your fishing poles, and a compass. You have a backpack, a first aid kit, and … what about your CPAP machine?
You know your sleep apnea is a problem, and when you don’t use your machine, you snore. And it’s loud. (Your spouse told you this numerous times.)
You certainly don’t want to ruin everyone else’s trip, but there’s no place to plug in your machine where you are going. Is there another solution to this problem?
There is, and you can get it at Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta.
We can help patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Our treatment is more portable than a CPAP, and it doesn’t require any electricity to work.
Why You Should Treat Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious problem that affects tens of millions of Americans, many of whom have never been diagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea has some serious side effects.
Sleep apnea is sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time while you are asleep. When this happens, you body will wake you up briefly so that you will breathe again.
This is problem for you because it prevents you from getting deep, healthy, quality sleep. This makes you more likely to have a heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a stroke. This also makes you more prone to daytime sleepiness, which might explain why people with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to cause automobile accidents.
People with untreated sleep apnea also snore — loudly and frequently — throughout the night, which can be a problem for anyone trying to sleep near them. (It also may explain why those people are more irritable in the morning.)
You can treat sleep apnea a lot of ways, and CPAP machines are the most common treatment.
The Trouble With CPAP
When used consistently, CPAP machines are an excellent way to treat sleep apnea.
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines blow air into your airway. This allows you to continue breathing when you are asleep.
A lot of people do not use their CPAPs consistently, however.
Maybe you get irritated by the mask. Maybe you find it difficult to deal with the hoses as you try to get comfortable.
Maybe you feel bloated after using your CPAP. Maybe you have claustrophobia and the mask makes you feel confined.
Or maybe you take the mask off in your sleep without realizing you are doing so.
No matter the reason, if you aren’t using your CPAP, then you are not really treating your sleep apnea.
Even if you try to use your CPAP every night, it can become a hassle if you travel a lot for business. You either have to put your CPAP inside your luggage, which means you may have trouble packing other things that you want to take, or it becomes one more thing to carry with you.
If you fly, you have to decide if you want to check your CPAP (and hope it’s there when you arrive at your destination) or bring it as a carry-on item, which may or may not be feasible.
There is another option, however.
A Mouthpiece For Your Sleep Apnea
Dentists are now able to treat patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea. If you suspect that you (or your partner) may have sleep apnea, then we encourage you to undergo a sleep study. This will confirm if you have this particular sleep disorder.
Once you have your diagnosis, we can help by creating a special mouthpiece for you (or your partner).
Your CPAP works by blowing air to keep your airway open. Our mouthpiece keeps your airway open, too, but in a different way. The mouthpiece changes the position of your jaw, which keeps your airway open so you can breathe.
You will need some time to get used to sleeping with the mouthpiece, but it will become more comfortable the more you use it.
You’ll also find it’s much easier to store in a protective case, which can fit easily into a briefcase, a backpack, or even a pocket. This makes it a lot easier to bring on your next business trip or vacation.
If the electricity goes out or you are somewhere without electricity, it won’t affect your mouthpiece in any way. Even if you have a CPAP, a mouthpiece can serve as a backup treatment option when those situations arise.
Treat Your Sleep Apnea
No matter where you are, your sleep apnea comes with you. You can’t get away from it, so you need to be sure you can treat it every night.