Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Ruin Your Family Vacation

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Have you taken your family vacation this year? If not, chances are you’re getting ready for it. You’ve probably made a to-do list and a packing list. You’ve booked the hotel and flights. You’ve reserved your camping spot. Whatever it is your family is doing this summer, you want to be prepared so you can enjoy your trip and time together.

If you have sleep apnea, though, vacations can be problematic. If you’re already snoring loudly most nights or gasping for air while you sleep, it’s sure to keep your spouse up or even other family members at home. That’s a bad recipe for vacation! And if you’re using a CPAP, it has problems of its own.

Don’t let sleep apnea ruin your family vacation this year. Add one more item to your vacation to-do list: Call our Neenah, WI dentist now to get fitted for a sleep apnea appliance. Trust us – your family will thank you!

Sleep Apnea Symptoms Affect the Way You Feel Every Day

You might already know that sleep apnea can cause serious health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. It can also complicate problems like diabetes. If you’re above age 40, particularly if you’re a male, you’re already putting yourself at risk for these side effects. That’s not something you’d like to deal with on vacation!

Perhaps you’re not there yet. Still, you may have other signs of sleep apnea that can affect your day-to-day life. That means they can really affect your vacation!

Here are just a few:

  • Daytime fatigue and drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Likelihood of falling asleep while reading and doing other activities
  • Higher risk of falling asleep while driving – not a good idea if you’re taking a road trip!
  • Loud snoring – which your family (and others nearby) won’t appreciate in close quarters

Do any of those sound like a good idea for vacation? If not, it’s time to visit Smile Creations for a consultation. Call us today to set one up, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible. You can have peace of mind – and a peaceful trip – with our help.

The Downsides of CPAP

Perhaps you’re already treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP. We’re glad you’re taking this proactive step to stay healthy and sleep well. But there are some downsides to CPAPs, especially when it comes to trips.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going camping, staying at a hotel or resort, or overnighting at a friend’s or family member’s house. Traveling with a CPAP machine can be a headache. If you’re flying, it can be even more of a hassle.

Then there’s actually setting it up at your destination. This can be difficult depending on the room’s arrangement and outlets. And if something goes wrong with the equipment, you may not have a choice but to wait until you get back to repair it.

Also, one of the most common complaints about CPAPs is that they’re noisy. If you’re sleeping in a room with your spouse, bed partner, or other family members, the noise can be just as disruptive as your snoring was! There’s nothing like your whole family being tired when you’re on vacation.

Get a Sleep Appliance for a More Peaceful Vacation

It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with undiagnosed apnea or a CPAP. Either can put a damper on your family’s plans this summer. So, consider a sleep appliance at Smile Creations.

If you don’t have a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Eike can do an exam and ask some questions to see if you’re at risk. If so, he’ll work with a sleep medicine physician and your cardiologist or your primary care physician for a diagnosis. He can then provide noninvasive sleep apnea treatment in the form of a small mouthpiece.

If you’re already using a CPAP but find it difficult to use, come see us for our alternative sleep apnea treatment.

Don’t let sleep apnea ruin your family vacation. Give our Neenah, WI dentist office a call at 920-243-4122. You can also contact us online. We’ll help you get a sleep apnea appliance so your vacation can be just that – a vacation.

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