Are you planning a trip with friends or family and you are worried that your sleep apnea is going to get in the way of your fun? Have you begun sleep apnea treatment yet? The good news is that it is entirely possible to travel, enjoy the full night of sleep you need, and manage this sleep disorder without it ruining a vacation or short trip. Fortunately, we have some helpful advice that will see you creating happy memories, rather than dealing with exhaustion.
If you have not yet begun treatment, it is essential that you visit us immediately. Not only is it extremely difficult if not impossible to deal with sleep apnea on your own but you will also find that some of your efforts may prove counterproductive. For instance, did you know that drinking alcohol before bed will help you reach unconsciousness but will relax the muscles and tissues that collapse, leading to sleep apnea in the first place? Begin oral appliance therapy with us before your vacation, so you can enjoy airways that remain open as you sleep.
Don’t Neglect Your Good Habits
If you have already started sleep apnea treatment with us then you have received the list of good habits and “no-nos” regarding what can improve or worsen sleep apnea. For those of you who have been going to bed around the same time each night, avoiding relaxants like alcohol or sleeping pills, and sleeping on your stomach or side (rather than your back), keep this up while you travel. Don’t exclaim, “I’m on vacation,” and kick good habits to the curb. Remember the following:
- Bring your sleep apnea treatment with you
- Bring anything you need (whether special pjs or a comfortable pillow) with you to ensure you can fall asleep and remain asleep
ABOUT YOUR SANTA CLARITA VALLEY, CA, DENTIST:
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our Santa Clarita Valley, CA office today at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve residents of Canyon Country and Santa Clarita Valley, CA, as well as San Fernando, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.