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A Restful Night's Sleep

If you are ready to get rid of your snoring or sleep apnea problem, the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is for you. The TAP is a simple, patient friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. It keeps the airway open and improves breathing during sleep. The unique design allows the patient to “fine-tune” their treatment position at home to achieve maximum results. The TAP has over a 95% success rate and is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. The TAP also treats sleep apnea, under a physician’s supervision, without the need for surgery, a mask or medication.

The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentist worldwide to treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, it is the most researched oral appliance in the world,  withover 30 independent peer reviewed  published studies.

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: Chronic Sleepiness, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Heartburn, Morning headaches, Depression.

The Best Treatment

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 TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shift or fall back during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. The more you pull your jaw forward, the more your airway will open. This feature allows the patient to be in control of their treatment. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®) is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

                                                          Why Patients like the TAP

  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable, custom fit
  • Adjustable while in the mouth
  • Smaller and less bulky than other oral appliances
  • No masks or straps involved
  • Patient can adjust at home and achieve maximum treatment results night to night

Drs. Paul and Kathy Helsby
2100 Aloma Ave.
Suite 200
Winter Park, Fl. 32792