The dreamTAP is an oral device intended to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. As the 5th generation of the TAP appliance, the dreamTAP is the newest, most comfortable and most effective TAP custom oral appliance. For most patients, dreamTAP is over 90% successful as an elective standalone treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Designed with hardware on its exterior, dreamTAP offers greater tongue space with no obstructions. Its single point of adjustment prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that may create an irregular bite and jaw discomfort. Additionally, the hardware in the dreamTAP is made from nickel-free cobalt-chromium, so it is 100% allergen-free.
The dreamTAP device consists of an upper tray that fits over the upper teeth. A hook mechanism attached to the lower tray fits onto a bar attached to the upper tray and positions the lower jaw forward, preventing the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. An adjustment key permits the patient to adjust the protrusion of his/her lower jaw to the most effective and comfortable position.
In an effort to make more room for the tongue, the screw mechanism has been placed on the mandibular tray in a forward position over the anterior teeth. The bars are placed approximately 5 mm anterior to the labial of the upper incisors and from 1 to 5 mm below the incisal edge depending on the vertical desired. All of the acrylic lingual to the anterior teeth has been removed. This allows the tongue to come forward with the mandible where it can rest under the incisal edges.
• More tongue space for greater comfort
• Cobalt-chromium hardware, stronger than surgical stainless steel
• Rust- and corrosion-resistant
• Nickel-free, 100% allergen-free metal
• TAP single-point, midline adjustment
• Three hook sizes for greater range of adjustment
• Custom-formed soft liners for superior retention
Want to learn more? Read this article by Dr. Keith Thornton, developer of the TAP appliance product line.