Thornton Adjustable Positioner for Snoring


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Designed by Dr W. Keith Thornton the TAP is a device intended to stop any backward movement of the mandible and palate into the throat. It allows you the freedom to move the jaw and tongue forward inside the mouth, as well as letting you open your mouth for greater comfort during sleep, unlike its MAD cousins. The device is adaptable to the shape and size of your mouth and gently holds the lower jaw forward and in the same way as a MAD stops the tongue and soft palate falling into the throat and from causing it to narrow. If a TAP is right for you, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have one specially made to fit your mouth.

Price of the Thornton Adjustable Positioner

The TAP is a relatively expensive device when compared with other orthodontic appliances like MADs, with a price tag of around £1200. Unlike MADs though, the TAP is designed for added comfort and ease of sleep, something which the rigidity of other orthodontic devices cannot guarantee.

Side-Effects of the Thornton Adjustable Positioner

Unfortunately most orthodontic devices produce side effects, but much of the time these are minor and often temporary inconveniences. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner can cause much the same irritations as any other device, such as; soreness in the jaw or teeth as well as teeth repositioning and hypersalivation. Like any orthodontic device the TAP can be unconsciously removed during sleep, but this is unavoidable and may be overcome once your mouth is used to it.


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