The TAP® Thornton Adjustable Positioner Can Effectively Eliminate Severe OSA
If you have severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Dr. Bruce Spink may recommend a TAP® Thornton Adjustable Positioner. At our Birmingham, AL, practice, we take great care in designing and fabricating TAP® appliances, which work by bringing your lower jaw forward as you sleep, keeping your airways open and making it easier to breathe.
Dr. Spink will monitor the way that you respond to the device and make adjustments as needed. Most patients at Sleep Birmingham quickly adjust to their TAP® appliance, and often wake feeling more rested than they have in years.
Are You a Candidate for the TAP® Device?
If you suffer from chronic snoring or severe sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for the TAP® device. Severe OSA is defined as more than 30 episodes of apnea an hour. Sleep apnea occurs when soft oral tissues block your airways while you sleep. As a result, breathing is interrupted, causing you to wake up. If you present with any of the symptoms of severe OSA, Dr. Spink will evaluate the structures of your mouth to determine your candidacy for the Thornton Adjustable Positioner.
How Does the TAP® Device Work?
The TAP® appliance is an adjustable mandibular device consisting of two trays that fit over your top and bottom teeth and snap together. Based upon the same principles as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the device will gently hold your lower jaw forward as you sleep, preventing your airways from collapsing.
Most patients at Sleep Birmingham quickly adjust to their TAP® appliance, and often wake feeling more rested than they have in years.
To fabricate the device, Dr. Spink will first take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to our partner lab. Technicians will then create a customized appliance to ensure that the device fits comfortably and securely in your mouth. Together, you and Dr. Spink will determine the exact calibration of the device so that it most effectively opens your airways.
Advantages of the Thornton Adjustable Positioner
The TAP® Appliance offers many benefits. First, because it is adjustable, you can work with Dr. Spink to recalibrate the device to achieve optimal results. Secondly, it is comfortable. Most patients adapt to the TAP® appliance after just a few nights. Most importantly, the Thornton Adjustable Positioner is a highly effective, non-surgical intervention option. Since the development of TAP® technology in 1997, multiple independent studies have shown that the treatment eliminates episodes of sleep apnea and helps prevent snoring.
Untreated sleep apnea, particularly severe OSA, is dangerous, and may increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arrhythmias, and heart attack. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of motor vehicle and work-related accidents. This is why it is imperative that you seek treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Spink will bring his three decades of experience to bear in assisting you in finding relief from severe OSA using TAP® technology.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn whether the TAP® appliance may be the most effective way to treat your sleep apnea, contact Sleep Birmingham and schedule your consultation today. Together, we will work to improve your health and quality of life by restoring restful sleep.