Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Solution for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the smaller opening. This creates sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he/she will close  the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position. Both snoring and sleep apnea may cause serious medical problems.

The TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) is a medical device fitted by a dentist and worn in the mouth at night. It holds the lower jaw in a forward position preventing the tongue and soft tissues of the throat from collapsing into the throat and blocking the airway.

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner

(TAP”) is a medical device fitted by a dentist and worn in the mouth at night. It holds the lower jam in a forward position preventing the tongue and soft tissues of the throat from collapsing into the throat and blocking the airway. The TAP is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR. The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway may cause sleep disordered breathing, such as snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the smaller opening- This creates sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea may cause. . . . Chronic Sleepiness, Strokes, Heart Attacks, Heartburn, Depression, Morning Headaches, High Blood Pressure, and Impotence.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he/she will close the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.

The cycle of falling asleep – jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp, falling back asleep – can repeat itself up one time per minute or more in severe cases. With a blocked airway, one does not receive enough oxygen which can trigger both minor and serious health problems.

The TAP* is a non-invasive solution that does not involve surgery, a CPAP machine or masks.

Comfortable and patient-friendly

Custom-made

Patient-adjustable

Maximum Effectiveness

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