What If Disaster Strikes and You Can’t Use Your Sleep Apnea CPAP Machine?

Having sleep apnea can be difficult for both the person who is experiencing it and those around them. However, with a diagnosis and treatment, you can keep this condition under control and not suffer any of the negative consequences of the disorder. However, there are times when you may not be able to use your CPAP machine, like during a major disaster. If you haven't given much thought to what you would do in this situation, here's a look at potential issues you could face, and how you can avoid them.

Potential Scenarios

Predicting a major disaster is often impossible, but it doesn't take a mega-earthquake or a massive tornado to cause problems for you. Major storms, power grid overloads, rolling blackouts, random damage to the electrical equipment in your area, and many other problems can all lead to having your power go out. Without electricity, it's not possible for a CPAP machine to run. This can be especially problematic when it happens in the middle of the night when you need to rest. Some people think they can bypass this problem with batteries, but there are problems with that idea.

The Problem With Limited Batteries

Batteries and generators can make a big difference in keeping a CPAP machine powered, for the short-term. But that's the major problem with this idea. When generators run out of fuel or batteries no longer have any electricity stored, they become useless to you. In a major disaster or prolonged power outage, you may not be able to restore power with either of these devices. Some people choose to use the batteries in their cars to power their CPAP machines, which may last for longer. However, it also comes with the risk of draining your car battery during a time when you may need your car at any moment.

Dentist Assistance

Going crazy trying to find a way to always have electricity isn't necessary here. Instead, you should consider talking with a dentist.

Dentists are able to make devices that help with this condition called sleep apnea oral appliances. They look a little like a sports bite guard, or a clear retainer. The device is designed to gently pull your lower jaw forward while you sleep, helping to keep your airway open while you're asleep. Since it's just a static piece of plastic, you can use it anywhere, anytime, without the fear of losing power. This can save your power for other important matters and give you the peace of mind that you'll be okay when you need to sleep.