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bon voyage and dont forget your cpap

Bon Voyage…and Don’t Forget Your CPAP!

When making your travel plans for this year’s summer vacation, you likely have thought about all of the details of your trip. From the hotel you’re going to stay at, the sights you want to see, and how much fun you’re going to have at your destination. But have you thought about how to manage your obstructive sleep apnea on vacation? Dr. Caracioni can help treat your sleep apnea just in time for your next trip!

Traveling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

You know that traveling with obstructive sleep apnea also means traveling with your CPAP machine. That means making room in your already crammed-full carry on for your machine because you definitely do not want to check it as part of your luggage. Checking your CPAP as luggage may mean it could get delayed or even lost.

Checking your CPAP does mean that you’re likely going to need to explain to a TSA agent that your CPAP is a medical device necessary for your condition and is prescribed by your physician.

And Don’t Forget This When Traveling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This also means that you must bring along your prescription. Be sure to keep your CPAP prescription on you and accessible if you’re carrying your CPAP through multiple airports on your travels.

If you plan on using your device during your flight, be sure to mention that when booking your ticket to make sure your airline will allow in flight use. Also check to make sure that they can accommodate your need to be near an electrical outlet to power your machine.

I’ve Arrived, Now What?

When you arrive at your destination, you’re going to need to make sure you have a place to power your machine. Some hotels may not have easily accessible outlets to plug into, so you may want to also carry on or purchase a small extension cord to ensure you can power up. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, you’re going to need to make sure you have a universal adapter in order to be able to plug your machine into different types of outlets.

You’re still going to have to keep your machine clean while you’re on the go in order to prevent funky smells or residue. Don’t let the humidifier tank run out of water or you may find yourself in need of new equipment.

It turns out that you may need new equipment after traveling anyway. The tubes of your machine can split if not properly stored in your suitcase. You may also want to pack a roll of duct tape to make emergency repairs during your trip.

Leave the CPAP at Home by Treating Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Dental Orthotics

Traveling with OSA sounds like a blast between extra tubing, extension cords, dealing with TSA, and making sure you have duct tape, right? Well, you can leave your CPAP and all the extras at home, and take a dental orthotic from Dr. Caracioni instead. Dental orthotics are custom fit to your mouth and keep your jaw and tongue in place so your airway stays open, you can breathe, and get a good night’s sleep without a noisy CPAP machine.

For more information on dental orthotics for your OSA, call Dr. Caracioni at 785-783-0741.