Dental sleep apnea is an ongoing and important issue that many suffer from. It is a disorder in which breathing is momentarily and repeatedly interrupted during sleep, causing obstruction to your airway. If you have been told that you snore or wake up feeling tired quite often after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
If you or your significant have noticed these symptoms, it may be beneficial to have a consult with your dentist and have a sleep study conducted.
There are many types of sleep apnea dental devices, one of the most popular and widely used is the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) appliance.
The TAP appliance is a custom-made adjustable, two-piece appliance that is worn while sleeping for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It was designed to keep the airway open to allow air to pass by holding the lower jaw in a forward position so that the tongue and soft tissues do not collapse into the throat. This design is easy to fit and allows the patient to adjust the positioning of lower jaw for maximum comfort and effectiveness.