Snoring/TAP Appliance

TAP Appliance

Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. The quality of your sleep affects your daily activities, health, and has a huge impact on the overall quality of your life. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing oral appliances that help open the airway during sleep. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for severe snoring problems.

Dr. Person offers the latest oral appliance therapy, the TAP 3 Elite®. This appliance is custom-designed and fitted to your mouth and is worn during sleep. This oral appliance helps alleviate obstruction in your throat and out of your air passage, allowing air to flow freely. We believe this product is the most effective oral appliance for snoring and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea

Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day, but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.

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