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TAP® Oral Appliance Therapy

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. The TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. The unique design allows you to fine-tune your treatment at home and work with your doctor to achieve maximum results.

The TAP has over a 95 percent 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 was invented in 1993 by Dr. Keith Thornton. Today, the TAP brand is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea. With sales on 5 continents, the TAP is available to dentists and their patients from more than 180 dental labs in North America and 90 labs abroad.

Reasons patients like the TAP

  • Comfortable, custom fit
  • Durable construction prevents any change in teeth position
  • 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
  • Discrete
  • Easy to travel with because it’s pocket-sized
  • No masks and no straps involved

A simple dental examination is necessary to know if you will be able to use an oral appliance. The TAP is not appropriate therapy for people who have fewer than four teeth on the upper or lower arch.

Why Choose the TAP?
Several features set the TAP apart from other oral appliances.
  • The TAP can be adjusted by the patient or another person (such as a sleep technician or doctor) while in the mouth. Adjustment does not require an office visit.
  • The patient has maximum control over his or her therapy due to the patient-adjustable feature of the TAP. Since the best treatment position can vary from night to night and can even extent beyond the point of maximum jaw protrusion, the patient can achieve treatment results superior to any other appliance.
  • The TAP has an adjustment mechanism that advances the mandible .25 mm with each turn of the key. The patient can vary the position precisely by counting the turns. This allows both the dentist and the patient to confidently maintain the proper treatment position and yet allows them to make changes depending on the patient’s symptoms.
  • The TAP can pull the lower jaw farther forward than other appliances, increasing the chance that the patient will have treatment success with the TAP alone.
  • The TAP is clinically proven to treat high upper airway resistance syndrome as well as all levels of obstructive sleep apnea, including severe sleep apnea.
  • The TAP is the only appliance that has an attachment for a CPAP mask, offering the benefits of both mandibular advancement and positive pressure therapies.

To read what people have said about the TAP click here.  

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