fjddmd wrote:Diagnosed with severe OSA in January though no symptoms. Tried CPAP at the sleep lab and can't tolerate it.
I was told a TAP dental device might help me - I feel it is better than using nothing. Looks easy enough to use...has anyone had any success with it?
Costly though at $1500.....
clary wrote:I work for a Dental lab that manufactors them. In January 2007 the new TAPIII will be on the market. In the anterior their is an jackscew that is attachmed to the lower. It allows you to turn it and move the lower jaw into a protructive position. This opens up the airway, and helps prevents the soft tissues from closing it down.
This devise is made under the license of a dentist. WOW, I didn't know they were that costly. They have a fairly successful record. I tried one years ago, but just kept spitting it out and didn't like the sore jaw in the morning ( you had to massage it out).
The divise is handel by Airway Management. But look on my companys web site
www.glidewell-lab.com under products. If you look under the Removables products listing you see TAP and TAP titanium, just click on the link. You'll see a picture and brief discription. We also have Dr and Pt DVD's available as well.
tomdurango wrote:Fred & Others,
In my case, the laboratory that made the device charged about $500...far below the price that I've seen quoted in previous messages on this website. It is worth three times that ($1,500), but I would suggest that you check with local dentists and/or dental labs, and you will probably be able to find a more reasonable price!
fjddmd wrote:Diagnosed with severe OSA in January though no symptoms.
corner559 wrote:I have the Herbst device which essentially does the same thing though it's less bulky than the TAP. I looked at both and ended going with this because I thought it would be easier to tolerate. Now it feels weird if I don't have it in at night. The only disadvantage is that you cannot adjust it yourself. You have to go in and have the dentist do it for you which can be a royal pain.
As for it being effective, it's pretty much eliminated my apnea altogether. However, it's changed my bite enough to the point I may have to have some dental work done. Since my lower jaw is moved forward my back teeth don't touch the way they used to which has caused some issues with my front teeth. The dentist has adjusted and readjusted the device to try with poor results and I will be heading back to have it readjusted next week for hopefully the last time. This was to see if he could reduce the advancement of my jaw.
Once that's done I'll have to have four of my molars "built up" so that all my teeth touch. Not fun, but I think it's worth the alternative of using CPAP.
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