A Better Way to Deal with Sleep Apnea — TAP
- Posted on: Oct 30 2017
Most people snore at least some of the time when sleeping. Sure your wife claims never to snore, blaming the dog when a recording of her snoring surfaces. Some people snore when they have a little congestion or are on their back. Others aren’t just occasional snorers; they have sleep apnea.
Most people with sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it. But their partners are fully aware! Beyond the cartoons where the snoring pulls the house windows in and pushes them out, the snoring that is a sign of sleep apnea is very serious. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. It may seem incredible, but people with sleep apnea stop repeatedly breathing while sleeping, sometimes hundreds of times per night. When this happens, the brain and the rest of the body may be getting shorted on oxygen.
Dr. Miller treats sleep apnea with a new option called the Thorton Adjustable Positioner (TAP). It is a much more comfortable alternative to the typical sleep apnea treatment, the continuous positive air pressure machine (CPAP).
What are some signs of sleep apnea?
Because it’s occurring when you’re sleeping, it’s sometimes hard to know if you suffer from sleep apnea. These are some symptoms:
- Any observed breathing cessation during sleep (usually from a partner)
- Chronic snoring
- A groggy, tired feeling when first waking
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth upon waking
Treating sleep apnea
Once sleep apnea has been diagnosed, usually through a sleep study professional, many patents have been placed on the CPAP system. This involves a cumbersome facemask and connecting tubes. It can be quite difficult to sleep with CPAP. Plus, the setup limits the person to only certain sleeping positions.
Instead, Dr. Miller uses the Thorton system. The TAP system is highly effective and non-invasive therapy for sleep apnea. It uses a mouthguard that you wear while sleeping. The TAP mouthguard easily snaps over the upper and lower teeth. It works by holding the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and throat tissue from collapsing or blocking the airway. The mouthpiece can be adjusted for a comfortable fit for every patient.
Dr. Miller feels that TAP is a far superior option for treating sleep apnea. If you think you may be suffering from this condition, call Dr. Miller today at 503-640-9310 and let’s check you out.
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