Normal jaw position, airway open.
Relaxed jaw position causes tongue and throat tissue to collapse and narrows the airway.
TAP® maintains forward jaw positionand keeps the AIRWAY OPEN!!!


Pradko, Gallagher & Slanec
Help You get a Good Night's Sleep!

TAP® - The Oral Appliance Solution for Snoring and
Sleep Apnea

The goal of the TAP® is to prevent snoring and sleep apnea thereby improving health and quality of life.
The TAP® is a custom adjustable oral appliance that is worn while sleeping. The appliance holds the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway.
There is a 96% success rate for people who are treated with the TAP®.
Whether for you or someone you know, the TAP® is the key to better sleep and better health.

Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a “red flag” for a much more serious and sometimes fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea.


The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP) is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR. The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring or sleep apnea.
The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. The TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

Comfortable and patient-friendly
Custom-made to prevent any change in teeth position or mouth structures
Patient-adjustable allowing maximum comfort and effectiveness


When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring.


Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses blocking airflow into the lungs.The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he/she will close the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.
The sleep apnea cycle – falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp, falling back asleep – can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air passage, one does not receive enough oxygen. Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation can then trigger other health problems.


There is a new solution available to those who snore or have sleep apnea - the TAP®, an oral appliance similar to an athletic mouth guard that is worn while sleeping. Developed with advanced dental technology, the TAP® reduces sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications, or other more cumbersome therapy.


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