SLEEP APNEA & SNORING Treatment in East York
Are You Tired Of Wearing A Mask While Sleeping?
TAP may be a better alternative for you!
If you've ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have most likely been prescribed a CPAP machine. Despite the usefulness of the machine, it can also be uncomfortable to use. If this common struggle sounds familiar, another solution known as the Thornton Adjustable Positionere (TAP) is available. While a CPAP machine is the most common treatment method used for sleep apnea, TAP may serve as an excellent alternative and be a better solution for you.
TAP is an oral appliance recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for mild to moderate apnea, as well as severe cases that are unable to be remedied by a CPAP machine. CPAP failure is relatively common. Because many patients experience discomfort associated with the mask, it is not worn frequently enough. Consequently, the mask will not provide the patient any relief from sleep apnea. When comparing studies of these two practices, results indicate TAP has been preferred 20-1 over CPAP. Dr. Marcin at Market Street Dental can evaluate if TAP is the right solution for you. Please contact us at 717-757-3851 and ask about the TAP today!
Improve Your Health & Quality of Life
If you were diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine, but have stopped wearing it, the Thornton Adjustable Positioner [TAP®) is for you.The TAP® is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea.
It keeps your airway open and improves your breathing while you sleep. The unique design allows you to "fine-tune" your treatment position at home to achieve maximum results.There is no machine, no mask and no air blowing through your nose or mouth all night.
The TAP® has over a 95% success rate and is the key to a restful night of sleep.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is the sign of a breathing problem. It 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 can seriously affect your quality of life. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient, and can cause problems in relationships. In some cases, snoring is a red flag for a more serious medical problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? OSA occurs when the muscles and tissue surrounding the throat relax causing the airway to completely collapse and block airflow into the lungs. This blockage cuts off the oxygen supply to the body and brain. The airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person.
The repeating cycle — falling asleep, muscles relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp — is the reason there is never a restful night of sleep. The lack of oxygen puts extra stress on the entire body, especially the heart. Sleep apnea is a serious chronic disease that may trigger other serious health problems:
High Blood Pressure
The Best Treatment for You
The best treatment option for you is one that you will wear all night, every night.
The TAP® is a custom-made adjustable appliance that is worn while sleeping. The trays of the appliance, which look like teeth whitening trays, snap over the upper and lower teeth and hook together. The design is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR. The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. The TAP® holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shift or fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. The more you pull your jaw forward, the more your airway will open. The TAP® is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted easily while in the mouth. This feature allows the patient to be in control of their treatment.
Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP®. It usually takes about a week to get used to wearing the appliance. Nine in ten patients wear the appliance all night, every night.
Comfortable and Patient-Friendly
Various side effects of the CPAP include: claustrophobia, chemical sensitivity, or facial sores due to the PAP mask; dry nose, nose bleeds, infections, swelling or irritation of the eyes, dry throat; or consistent mask or hose leaks. Johnson, T. Scott, M.D.; Broughton, William A. M.D.; Halberstadt Jerry. Sleep Apnea: The Phantom of the Night. 2002