How the TAP3 Works to Cure Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Breathing through a narrow airway or windpipe produces vibrations that cause the loud sound of snoring. Snoring happens at night when the muscles relax and have difficulty keeping the airway open. A shift in the jaw position changes the shape of the airway. The soft tissue in the throat can collapse and the tongue can fall back into the throat resulting in a small opening to breath through. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses and blocks airflow into the lungs. The more difficult to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. The breathing stops because the airway is closed. Without enough oxygen the brain has to wake up the patient enough to start breathing again. The patient may or may not be aware that they have stopped breathing. A sleep mate will often hear the patient gasp or choke when they are able to breathe again. People with mild sleep apnea may stop breathing only a few times an hour. People with severe sleep apnea can stop breathing as many as 80 times an hour.

The Tap holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shift nor fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. The tap is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted by the patient or practitioner while in the mouth. Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their Tap. Although it may take up to a week to get used to wearing a Tap appliance, this is a small hurdle for patients. Nine in ten patients wear the device all night, every night – making the Tap a highly effective solution for both snoring and sleep apnea.

To see if the TAP3 Appliance is right for you, contact us for a free evaluation appointment.