It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. The health ramifications of sleep apnea range in severity, but include cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, hypertension, daytime sleepiness, depression and impotence. The most common treatment options, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and traditional dental appliances, do not cure sleep apnea; they simply control the symptoms by keeping the airway open. The implication for the patient is a lifetime of having to “gear up” for bed.
THE TAP APPLIANCE
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®) is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the clinician to achieve the best results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position. The TAP has a single point of central adjustment, which prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that can create an irregular bite and discomfort.
The TAP has over a 95% success rate. It is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. The TAP also treats sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a mask, or medication. The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide to treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, it is the most researched oral appliances on the market with over 30 independent peer reviewed published studies. A simple dental examination is necessary to know if the patient will be able to use an oral appliance.
Why Patients like the TAP
Comfortable, custom fit
Easy to use
Adjustable while in the mouth
Patient can adjust at home and achieve maximum treatment results night to night
Smaller and less bulky than other oral appliances
Convenient for travel
No masks or straps involved