How To Breathe Easier When Traveling With Sleep Apnea
How Does an Oral Appliance Compare to a Travel CPAP Machine?
Quality sleep matters during travel. Whether for business or pleasure, you don’t want exhaustion to ruin your trip. The standard CPAP machine doesn’t travel well. It’s bulky, loud, and requires a power source. Patients have two alternatives to treat sleep apnea during travel, an oral appliance or a travel CPAP machine.
Which Option Is Right for You?
Deciding the best sleep apnea treatment option for travel is a personal choice. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine which alternative works best for your condition, needs and budget.
Travel CPAP Machine
The travel CPAP machine includes portable features designed to make travel easier. The machines are smaller, and most have options for battery power or adaptors for car chargers. The versatility means many travel versions will work for camping.
On the downside, travel machines still take up excess space compared to oral appliances. While some travel machines have noise-reducing features, they still make noise that can disrupt fellow travelers. Also, the cost of a travel machine may feel prohibitive since most health insurance plans don’t provide coverage.
The travel version offers a convenient alternative for patients who find optimal treatment with the standard CPAP machine.
Oral appliances treat sleep apnea symptoms by stabilizing the jaw to keep the airway open. Many patients find treatment success with oral appliances for daily home use. These patients don’t require any alternatives when traveling.
Oral appliances do not require a power source and take up little space. Unlike the CPAP machine, oral appliances don’t make noise and don’t require masks or other accessories. The simple design empowers patients to travel lightly.
Even patients who prefer a CPAP machine for daily use may choose an oral appliance during travel.
Breathe Easier During Travel
It might feel tempting to skip sleep apnea treatment when traveling. However, sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can lead to more issues than tiredness. When left untreated, patients can experience both physical and mental health challenges.
Don’t risk it! Seek the help you deserve to preserve your health.
Marianna Kovitch, D.M.D., is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (DABDSM). Dr. Kovitch received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia after earning her Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry. She also received recognition in research publications for her work in biochemistry fromGeorgia State University. Dr. Kovitch has been an active board member of the Academy of General Dentistry since 2013 and has contributed to the development of dentistry
excellence in Georgia.
Marianna Kovitch, D.M.D., DABDSM • Atlanta Smiles
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