Tap® 3

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The TAP 3 effectively treats sleep apnea and reduces the impact of associated health risks without the need for surgery, CPAP, or medication.

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner 3 (TAP® 3) is a mandibular advancement device for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Developed with advanced dental technology, the TAP 3 improves breathing and eliminates snoring in over 95% of all patients.

The TAP 3 is the latest addition to the TAP family. It offers the same results as the TAP and TAP II and fits more comfortably in the mouth. The smaller hardware provides more room for the tongue and allows the lips to close. The TAP 3 gives dentists numerous options to create the best, customized treatment solution for their patients. Interchangeable hooks can accommodate Class I, II and III bites and increase the vertical distance between upper and lower teeth.

Tap®3 Clinical Instructions

  • Patient friendly
  • Superior results
  • Easy to fit, infinitely adjustable
  • Precise control of advancement
  • Freedom for lateral movement
  • More room for the tongue and allows lips to close

TAP® 3 Elite

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® 3 Elite (TAP® 3 Elite) is an oral device intended to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The TAP® 3 Elite device consists of an Upper Tray that fits over the upper teeth and Lower Tray that fits over the lower teeth. A hook mechanism attached to the Upper Tray fits onto a lingual shelf attached to the Lower Tray and positions the lower jaw forward, preventing the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. The Adjustment Key of the TAP® 3 Elite permits the patient to adjust the protrusion of his/her lower jaw to the most effective and comfortable position.

The TAP 3 gives dentists numerous options to create the best, customized treatment solution for their patients. Interchangeable hooks can accommodate Class I, II and III bites and increase the vertical distance between upper and lower teeth.

  • Patient friendly design
  • Innovative 3-hook system
  • Improved patient comfort
  • Versatility increases patient compliance
  • Increased hardware durability

How the Tap®3 Works

The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shift nor fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. The TAP is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted by the patient or practitioner while in the mouth. Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP. Although it may take up to a week to get used to wearing a TAP appliance, this is a small hurdle for patients. Nine in ten patients wear the device all night, every night – making the TAP a highly effective solution for both snoring and sleep apnea.

The TAP 3 is intended to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The appliance is for adult patients to be used when sleeping at home or in sleep laboratories and is for single-patient use. The device is contraindicated for patients with loose teeth, loose dental work, dentures, or other oral conditions which would be adversely affected by wearing dental appliances. In addition, the appliance is contraindicated for patients who have central seep apnea, have severe respiratory disorders, or are under 18 years of age.