You’re on vacation with your family. You know the meeting you have a full day of activity planned for tomorrow, and you just want a good night’s sleep.
The trouble is this: you have obstructive sleep apnea. This often keeps you from getting the healthy sleep that you need. Your condition leaves you feeling tired throughout the day. You can be irritated easily when you don’t feel rested.
Plus, your snoring can make it hard for the family members sharing your hotel room to sleep well, too. That could have hurt all of your enjoyment of your vacation.
Enjoy Your Time Off
You want your vacations to be a fun and relaxing break from the stresses of your daily life. You want to enjoy your time with your family and friends. When you are feeling fatigued and fighting daytime sleepiness, that can be difficult to do.
With the right treatment, you can deep sleep and snore less. That’s great for you and your traveling companions. When you get deep, healthy sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
When you don’t snore, your family or friends sharing space with you can sleep easier as well. When everyone gets a good night’s sleep, then the next day can be that much more enjoyable.
Whether you are spending a day being active and adventurous or just relaxing at a spa, you can have more fun when you aren’t fighting off a nap or becoming annoyed due to your lack of quality sleep.
What An Oral Appliance Can Do
By coming to our Puyallup, WA office, we can create an oral appliance that you can fit in a pocket (in its own carrying case, of course). That makes it a great sleep apnea solution when you are going somewhere vacation, camping out, or traveling for work.
It’s smaller than a CPAP. It doesn’t require electricity, and it won’t take up space in your bags that could have been used to carry extra clothes or souvenirs from your trip.
When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing when you fall asleep. Your body responds to this by waking you up over and over throughout the night. You may not remember this, but it keeps you from getting the deep sleep you need to feel rested.
CPAPs address this problem by pushing air into your airway to force it open. If you can tolerate the mask, the noise, and the push of the air in your mouth and/or nose, then CPAPs can help. Many people find the mask irritating or have trouble falling asleep because of the sound of the machine or the feel of the air pressure.
An oral appliance is a different approach for opening your airway. Your appliance shifts your lower jaw forward slightly. This keeps your airway open while you sleep, so you can continue breathing throughout the night.
Many patients have told us they find this solution simpler and more comfortable than a CPAP. More importantly, they are happy to tell us how well rested they feel in the mornings.
Be Ready For Your Trip
Whether you are planning to visit another country or state or just take a “staycation,” make the most of your time away from your normal schedule. Visit Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry to get our oral appliance sleep apnea treatment.