While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects their quality of sleep, but that of their loved ones and other familiy members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, it is caused by relaxation of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, tightening the air passage. The constriction of the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is a TAP appliance?
If you snore at night, then a Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) may represent a solution and a better night's sleep! The TAP is a specially designed dental device that gently keeps the lower jaw, or chin, in a forward position It works similarly to how the airway is kept open (for example) when performing the head tilt-chin lift in CPR. By keeping the chin forward it increases the size of the air passage and helps you breathe so much better allowing you to get a full night's sleep.
Is a TAP comfortable?
The answer is simple: YES! The appliance that we provide is adjustable and made to be comfortable, so you can sleep without even noticing you're wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary. It will go away after you wake up and remove the device.
You won't believe how much better you will feel when you wake up without feeling tired or having a headache! And your spouse will feel better, too!
To learn more about a TAP , contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.