Here are answers to some commonly asked questions regarding the TAP® appliance:

How does the TAP® work?
The TAP is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The airway must be open 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 causes the airway to collapse. The TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

What are the potential consequences to me if I don’t pursue treatment?

Short and long term potential consequences of sleep-disordered breathing can be divided into four categories:

  • Relational
  • Functional and Behavioral
  • Medical
  • Cardiovascular

Relational consequences may include irritability, personality changes, decreased sex drive, loss of intimacy, and clashes with the bed partner (spousal arousal syndrome).

Functional and behavioral outcomes can be excessive daytime sleepiness, poor memory or clouded intellect, performance decrement, depression, increased appetite, inability to exercise, and becoming more prone to accidents.

Medically, not pursuing treatment may lead to morning headaches, impotence, gastro esophageal reflux, nocturnal bruxism, and mortality. Cardiovascular effects may include high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart attack, stroke, increased cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.

What are the potential side effects of using oral appliance therapy?

Potential side effects of using an oral appliance include:

  • Excess saliva
  • Unconsciously taking the appliance out at night
  • Tooth or gingival (gum) discomfort
  • Dislodgement of dental restorations
  • Minor tooth movement
  • Muscle or joint discomfort
  • Allergic reaction to nickel content in the parts
  • Temporary or permanent bite change

Is the TAP
® covered by insurance?
Yes, but to file for insurance coverage you must first be diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. All insurance claims should be filed under your medical plan with the Durable Medical Equipment code E0486.

Is the TAP
® covered by Medicare?