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Sleep apnea is a condition that arises when the muscles of the tongue and throat constrict airways during sleep. This can cause snoring, trouble breathing, and even death. There are a few different treatment options available to sufferers of sleep apnea. The most common are CPAP and a dental appliance or mouth guard. A CPAP machine consists of a facemask, hose, and motor. The motor blows air through the hose and facemask to provide constant air pressure in order to keep airways open. There are certainly benefits to using a CPAP machine, but they are not for everyone. The noise of the machines can disturb your partner, the mask can be uncomfortable to wear, and the cost of a CPAP machine can be out of range for some people. The other most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea is a dental appliance or mouth guard. The sleep apnea dental appliance can hold the jaw, teeth, and tongue in position in a way that can improve airflow without the need of a noisy machine or facemask. There are more than 100 different types of sleep apnea appliances that your dentist may offer.
The final price for a sleep apnea appliance depends primarily on which type is right for you. Some appliances require extensive custom fabrication which can increase the cost significantly. Most sleep apnea appliances are cheaper than CPAP treatment.
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