Sleep Apnea Treatment

TAP appliance

Oak Dental Frisco now is offering through Patterson Dental and Airway Management the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP). The TAP is a proven treatment modality for patients suffering from snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The TAP fits over the teeth similar to a mouth guard and advances the jaw forward during sleep, keeping the airway open and eliminating snoring and sleep apnea.

Fully adjustable for comport and adaptation, the TAP is much more accepatable to patients who suffer from OSA than conventional snore guards.

The TAP  allows the jaw to move side to side without restriction.  At the same time it can be adjusted to the point where it works.

During the initial treatment, patients take home a pulseoximeter that measures the oxygen saturation that you experience during the night.  The home “sleep study” allows the dentist to adjust the TAP to the amount necessary to acheive desired oxygen saturation results.

Typically, patients diagnosed with OSA are prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device and facemask to wear while sleeping. While CPAP has been proven effective, many struggle to use the device regularly due to side effects that can range from mask discomfort to nasal congestion, irritation and headache.

Patients who seek treatment now have a choice and are no longer limited to wearing a CPAP and mask while sleeping.   According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 million Americans have sleep apnea.  Are you one of them?

If you are interested in having more information about your options when treating sleep apnea, please contact our office at 972-335-4145.  If you haven’t already done so, contact your Medical Doctor who can order a hospital sleep study for sleep apnea diagnosis.

Dr. Philip Estes