Conventional treatment for sleep apnea has consisted of surgical techniques to remove structures such as the uvula, tonsils, and adenoids. These surgical procedures have shown only moderate success rates. Another option has been the CPAP machine. With this, you wear a mask on your face, which forces air into your lungs.
There is another option. By utilizing a custom fabricated dental device, we can move the jaw into a forward position, which increases the three-dimensional space in the airway. With the airway open, you can breath on your own and prevent snoring. These dental devices may help you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.
TAP is the only FDA approved oral appliance proven effective for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Sleep Apnea Cycle
The person falls asleep, the mandible, tongue, and tissue in the back of the throat relax. The airway becomes partially obstucted and the person begins to snore. The partially blocked airway collapses and due to a vacuum effect from the lungs, the airway stays closed. The lack of oxygen causes the brain to awaken, rousing the person from sleep. The person adjusts the mandible, gasping for breath. This cycle continues throughout the night as many as 50 times per hour
What has research of the TAP shown?
More than 96% of patients using the appliance have stopeed snoring
9 out of 10 patients wear the TAP all night, every night
Research shows it is the most successful obstructive sleep apnea treatment available