What is the TAP device for sleep apnea? I heard that you can use it instead of CPAP. How does it work?
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The TAP device is an oral appliance that is custom fit to your teeth and fit together to allow you to move your bottom jaw forward. This opens up the breathing airway behind your tongue and soft palate. In selected cases, it can be used in place of or in use with a CPAP machine.
The TAP appliance is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner. It's used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. As with all oral appliances used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, it holds the lower jaw in a forward and downward position to keep the oral airway patent. There are various FDA approved appliances used to treat OSA.