Sleep disordered breathing is a spectrum of severity based on the collapsibility of the airway. Symptoms increase due to the increase in the disruption of airflow.
When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the smaller opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a “red flag” for a much more serious and sometimes fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea can cause:
How do you know if you have sleep disordered breathing (SDB)? The only way to be sure is to have a sleep test performed, either at home by a qualified sleep physician or in a hospital sleep center.
Good sleep hygiene, weight loss, and exercise, are some helpful treatments a patient can practice on their own. Medical and dental treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Oral Appliance Therapy, and Surgery.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances work in several ways:
The TAP® 3
The TAP 3 appliance is a proven treatment modality for mild to severe OSA. It is currently being prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide, including Dr. Barr, to cure snoring and sleep apnea. It has a technically simple design that attaches the upper and lower jaws together by utilizing a small hook and socket mechanism.
You can adjust the TAP while in your mouth with small detachable key until the lower jaw is brought forward enough to ensure the airway remains open during sleep. When a comfortable degree of protrusion is achieved, the key is removed and you can completely close your mouth with the appliance inside. This unobtrusive, self adjustability is one of the reasons TAP has a compliance rate of 95 percent.
You are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal effect comfortably.
Ask Dr. Barr how he can help you control your snoring and help you (and someone else) get a good night's sleep!
We can help you stop snoring.