Oral Devices for Sleep Apnea


Dental devices have been proven to be a comfortable and effective alternative to CPAP machines for the treatment of sleep apnea. Current recommendations by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are that oral appliances are indicated for treatment of .....

  1. Mild to moderate sleep apnea
  2. Severe sleep apnea where CPAP has been tried and failed
  3. Primary snoring without sleep apnea

We provide a variety of devices in our office. They represent the latest in design, comfort, and effectiveness for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Pohlhaus has undergone specialized traing in the selection, design, and management of oral devices for sleep apnea. Proper selection and design is imperative for achieving the best result.

Good Information From the TAP 3 Website........

A Unique Approach

  • Snoring and sleep apnea are conditions inflicted during sleep. During the night, the normal tongue and jaw positions allow air to pass through the throat effortlessly. The tongue is forward, the jaw is closed and the airway is open.
  • When a person suffers from sleep apnea, his/her airway is blocked periodically through the night depending on the severity of the sleep apnea. The mouth is open, the tongue and soft tissue relaxes and collapses into the throat. This causes the person to snore and possibly have sleep apnea episodes.
  • The TAP® is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The airway must be open to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring or sleep apnea.
  • The TAP® holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and causes the airway to collapse. The TAP® maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
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