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Flying with a CPAP

I have to fly. It’s an all night flight and I have a meeting the following morning. I’ll need sleep, which means I’ll need my cpap. How in the world will I work that out on a plane?

Rob T. – Atlanta

Rob,

It can be difficult to travel with a CPAP machine, but not impossible. First, I want to ask if you’ve tried an oral appliance. They’re much easier to travel with and are just as effective in treating sleep apnea as what you’re currently using.

However, if you want to stick with your CPAP, I’ll give you some pointers.

  • You’ll need to check it as a carry on.
  • Bring sanitary wipes, because those security bins are pretty disgusting and it will get contaminated.
  • Get your doctor to write you a prescription for the distilled water. It’s the only way you’ll be able to get the amount of water you need past security.
  • Arrange with the airline to have your seat near an outlet.

If you do all that, you should be able to manage this travel.

Good luck on your meeting.  This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.