TAP Sleep Apnea System
Sleep Apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep.
Typically indicated by snoring, often times sufferers will awake gasping for breath. With a lack of oxygen the brain starts to awake, coming out of deep sleep. The person gasps for breath. This cycle continues throughout the night up to 50 times an hour.
Apnea-related disturbances occur repeatedly, resulting in a restless sleep and daytime drowsiness. The disease can cause serious health issues including increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and blood stream.
TAP® is made of two custom inter-occlusal parts that fit over the mandible and the maxilla. The upper portion of the device hooks into the lower portion, enabling the mandible to be pulled forward. Using a dial mechanism, the appliance is adjustable to determine the degree to which the jaw is held forward. By holding the mandible forward, the TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. New TAP® Elite allows more lateral movement, improving patient comfort and compliance.
Benefits of TAP:
•Alleviate Sleep Apnea: Research shows it is the most successful obstructive sleep apnea treatment available
•Reduce Snoring: An effective appliance to decrease snoring
•Improve patient’s sleep: Getting a good night’s sleep is critical to the overall health of your patient
Tap is the only FDA approved oral appliance proven effective for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
The TAP3 Appliance is made of two clear horseshoe shaped interocclusal trays that hook together holding the mandible in a protrusive position. The position of the guards is adjustable using a TAP key.
More than 94% of patients using the appliance have stopped snoring. The TAP is an effective treatment alternative for selected patients with snoring and varying degrees of sleep apnea, including those with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Research shows it is the most successful obstructive sleep apnea treatment available.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like more information about the TAP system, please contact us and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rohm. Thank you.