30 Jul 5 Tips For Traveling With Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you know how difficult it can be to get a restful night’s sleep. Throw a vacation and traveling into the mix, and it can get even more difficult to get some sweet shut-eye. Dr. Jeffrey Clark, your North Scottsdale Dentist, has some tips for traveling with obstructive sleep apnea.
5 Tips for Traveling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Tip #1: Talk with your physician about having your dentist fabricate a Custom Sleep Oral Appliance. These appliances have been proven to work as well if not better than CPAP and should be the primary choice in mild to moderate OSA conditions according to the American Association of Sleep Medicine. The easy to carry and wear appliance can be one less worry especially after dragging a portable CPAP through security.
Tip #2: Consider neck pillows that can be turned under the chin to help keep your chin in an upright position and to prevent occlusion of the airway.
Tip #3: Nasal strips are good at keeping the nasal airways more open.
Tip # 4: Always try to drink lots of water to keep the mouth and airways more hydrated. Airplane air is very dry due to the recirculation and filtration.
Tip #5: If you’re traveling internationally, make sure you have the correct adaptors and plugs for your CPAP. Also, you may wish to check with the airlines to see if there any electrical plugs to run your machine.
While changing up some lifestyle behaviors can help reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea, it doesn’t always get rid of it entirely. Dr. Jeffrey Clark at Scottsdale Dental Excellence is trained to screen, test, and treat OSA with Custom Oral Sleep Appliances, so you can find the right solution to getting a restful night’s sleep once again.
Don’t let traveling with obstructive sleep apnea intimidate you. You can still adventure out into the world with the best of them!