TAP for Sleep Apnea

Karly Connolly

Have Sleep Apnea?

If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a quick trip to the dentist is all it could take to put you back on a normal sleeping schedule.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax and collapse the soft palate against the throat and the tongue relaxes back against the throat.
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Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea causes many things other than loss of sleep.


High Blood Pressure

Heart Failure

Irregular Heartbeat

Type 2 Diabetes


Higher Risk of Accidents

Higher Risk of Obesity

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

There are many ways to treat sleep apnea. The most common way is the PAP machine. It is very popular because of its effectiveness, but it lacks in the area of comfort and ease of use with its tubes you must attach, which restrict movement.

Another way to treat sleep apnea is getting surgery. Surgery however, is very expensive and doesn't always fix the problems causing sleep apnea.

Finally, an oral appliance can be used. They are affordable and are designed to fit every individual. With nothing attached, movement is not restricted, and they are easy to take in and out of your mouth.

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TAP to help Sleep Apnea

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner is a dental appliance that terminates sleep apnea and helps open the airway to help get better sleep quality, while reducing snoring.
TAP is currently the most researched oral appliance, with over 30 different published independent studies. Prescribed by over 7000 dentists worldwide, TAP is the market leader in sleep apnea oral devices.
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How does it work?

The TAP oral appliance is a device that pushes the lower jaw forward slightly that consequently pulls the tongue with it and tightens the soft palate and the muscles at the back of the throat and opens the airway.

Patient Comfort

The TAP was designed for maximum patient comfort. Its unique material make it possible to remold the TAP as many times as needed to continue to have a comfortable fit.


TAP was designed to flawlessly merge comfort and function. The device is controlled by an adjustment screw in the front of the appliance. The patient can fine-tune to get an incomparable experience. The sole point to make alterations prevents the mouth from harmfully moving bilateral, which could cause a vexing irregular bite.
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