Earlier this year Patterson partnered with Airway Management to bring you the TAP® Oral Appliance for snoring and sleep apnea. You may have seen the ad for TAP® in the May/June and July/August ONtarget magazines, or you may have seen them at the Patterson booth at the Hinman and CDA dental meetings this summer.
What is TAP®?
The TAP® is an FDA Class II medical device for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. It is a custom oral appliance composed of an upper and lower tray which, when engaged, pull the mandible forward to perform “CPR” while sleeping.
How does TAP® work?
When we snore and have apneic episodes during sleep, our airway is closing. The TAP® keeps the airway open, thereby preventing these events from happening. The TAP® has an anterior adjustment mechanism with a key that enables the patient to adjust their device while it’s in the mouth.
Who can prescribe TAP®?
Dentists are the primary practitioners for delivery of the TAP®. Dentists who perform this service are part of the fastest growing subspecialty of dentistry: “Dental Sleep Medicine.”
Who distributes TAP®?
Airway Management manufactures the TAP® and has exclusive distribution through Patterson Dental.
To find out more, visit www.amisleep.com or ask your Patterson representative.