- Do you suffer from snoring, chocking or gasping during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue?
- Do you experience morning headaches, dry throat upon wakening, acid reflux and irritability?
- Do you suffer from unexplained weight gain, sore muscles (fibromyalgia) and sore joints?
If your answer is yes to some or all of the above symptoms, then you are suffering from Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea is crescendo & decrescendo pattern of snoring that leads to cessation of breathing (usually 10 seconds). This cycle can repeat itself several times an hour.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea causes neuropsychiatric problems due to significant sleep deprivation such as depression and cognitive changes. A new study published in JAMA Neurology has also found a possible association between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is also associated with cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation (AFib), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart attack and cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes, and Type II Diabetes.A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also reports a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Gestational Diabetes.
For years CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, that forces air into lungs, has been the gold standard for treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP has low patient compliance (55%) due to confining patients, large size of device leading to social issues and embarrassment. Some patients simply may not tolerate the device. It also dries the nasal passages, and device has to be constantly cleaned daily.
Another treatment option has been the very invasive and painful surgical option (UPPP-Uvulopalatalpharyngoplasty) which may not lead to optimal results and has low success rate.
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. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the clinician to achieve the best results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position.
The TAP has over a 95% 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.
Why Patients like the TAP
- Comfortable, custom fit
- Durable construction
- 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
- Convenient for travel
- No masks or straps involved
Call our office for a simple evaluation for TAP and experience a snore-free, restful night of sleep again!