When you’re planning a trip, you should always remember to pack your oral appliance so that you can keep your sleep apnea under control. Of course, the unexpected can always happen; it’s important to plan ahead so that you can avoid problems with your oral appliance while you’re away from home. Below are 5 important tips for traveling with an oral appliance for sleep apnea.
1. Bring Your Oral Appliance’s Case with You
To make sure that your oral appliance isn’t lost or damaged when you’re not using it, you should always store it in its case. This also protects it from germs and dirt particles in the air. If for any reason you don’t have a case for your appliance, make sure you pick one up before you travel.
2. Clean Your Oral Appliance (and Your Teeth) Regularly
Traveling can disrupt your normal routine, but you should always make the time to take care of your oral appliance as well as your smile. Whenever you take your appliance out of your mouth, rinse it off thoroughly and allow it to dry before you put it back in its case. Furthermore, you need to brush and floss before you put your appliance back in; doing so will prevent harmful bacteria from getting trapped against your teeth.
3. Have Any Necessary Adjustments Done Before Travelling
Your oral appliance may need to be periodically adjusted to ensure that it still fits properly. It’s a good idea to visit your dentist before you leave so that they can take a look at your appliance and make any necessary changes. While you’re at your dentist’s office, you can take the opportunity to ask about any special care that your appliance might need during your trip.
4. Keep Your Oral Appliance in Your Carry-On Luggage Whenever Possible
When flying, it’s best to keep your oral appliance on your person at all times. That way, you’ll be able to wear it if you want to take a nap during your flight. Additionally, if the worst happens and the rest of your luggage is lost, you’ll still be able to manage your sleep apnea. For these reasons, you should include your oral appliance with your carry-on whenever possible.
5. Make Sure There’s Enough Room in Your Suitcase for Your Oral Appliance
If for any reason you can’t bring your oral appliance onto the airplane – or if you’re taking another means of transportation – you’ll need to store it in your suitcase. Make sure to leave enough space for it; you don’t want it to get damaged before you reach your destination.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, he can help patients with sleep apnea get the quality rest they need with customized oral appliances. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Buck at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, visit his website or call (614) 792-1800.