Sleep Apnea (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) and Snoring

When loud snoring is interrupted by episodes of obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Serious episodes last more than ten seconds each and occur more than seven times per hour. Apnea patients may experience more than 100 such events per hour. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.

The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and keep his muscles tense in order to maintain airflow to the lungs. Because the snorer does not get a good rest, he may be sleepy during the day, which can impair job performance and make him a hazardous driver or equipment operator. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.

Sleep Apnea is a disorder where a person's ability to breathe is impaired, resulting in a restless sleep and remaining tired all the time.

If the patient has sleep apnea or has a surgical procedure to open the airway, repositioning the jaw during sleep may further assist in opening the airway even more.

A Sleep Apnea appliance may be an alternative to patients that cannot tolerate a Positive Airway Pressure unit (CPAP). In many cases it can be used with a CPAP to improve its performance.

The symptoms associated with these conditions range from:
  • Neck Pain
  • Mouth Pain
  • Face, Neck, Jaw Tightness
  • Mystery Tooth Pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Burning Mouth and tongue
  • TMJ Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Facial Nerve Pain
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Abnormal Bite
  • Post Trauma Pain
  • Post Surgery Pain
  • Headaches
  • Popping or Clicking Jaw

Sleep Apnea Snoring Appliances

The TAP 3 (Thorton Adjustable Positioner) is a member of the TAP family of appliances for the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the TAP 3 was designed to keep the airway open to allow for air to pass. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and OSA. The TAP 3 appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position, preventing the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
Each TAP 3 device is made up of an upper and lower nightguard-like tray that fit over the teeth similar to orthodontic retainers or nightguards. TheTAP 3 provides more room for the tongue and allows the lips to close. On the TAP 3 a hook mechanism attached to the upper tray fits into a socket attached to the lower tray and positions the lower jaw forward. Allowing for a greater range of lateral movement than previous designs, the TAP 3 Elite features a simple hook mechanism attached to the upper tray slides under a bar attached to the lower tray and positions the lower jaw forward. Three hook sizes offer increased range of adjustment. An adjustment key enables the patient to adjust the protrusion of the lower jaw while wearing the device until a comfortable and effective position is achieved.