Sleep Apnea Has Met Its Match
TAP is the most effective device on the market to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring because it’s easy to use and comfortable to wear. TAP is also a great replacement for a CPAP.
Don’t just take our word for it, more than a million TAP devices have been sold worldwide. That’s a lot of sound sleepers.
TAP has more independent peer-reviewed studies published than any other oral appliance on the market. In fact, guidelines from the American Association of Sleep Medicine (AASM) show that for 87% of patients, TAP is as effective as CPAP in reducing apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). That’s not surprising, since TAP is an effective therapy that patients are more likely to keep wearing thanks to the comfortable, personalized design.
We told you that more than 1,000,000 people across the globe have tried a TAP device. Now you can hear directly from some of them who wanted to share their experiences about how TAP Sleep Care has helped reduce their snoring, improve their sleep apnea, and replace their bulky CPAP machines. The following are real testimonials from real people.
Dr. Michael Hnat
Tom Colquitt, DDS – Provider
“Any dentist who has been treating sleep disordered breathing has seen the need for a Mandibular Advancement Appliance which can be fitted for a patient right now to test the efficacy of providing a patent airway with an intraoral device. The myTAP is that long-awaited tool! Not only have we been able to supply immediate relief for multiple patients, especially those suffering from UARS, but one patient successfully reduced her AHI from 37 to five and eliminated multiple associated symptoms by self-titrating her myTAP while waiting for her diagnostic psg study. She is now ready to be fitted with a laboratory-fabricated TAP3 TL Elite which will give her a long-term predictable outcome.”…Read More »
“The first types I tried were good as far as results. I got a good night’s sleep, and cut down bathroom trips. The devices had a different design and were more uncomfortable, and they would fail eventually. Customer service quickly took care of this. I am so impressed by the improvements to the newer model. The finish seems much better, very rounded and clean design. It’s very comfortable when first put in, and almost unnoticeable. I’ve made only one adjustment so far, and I get a good night’s sleep very consistently. Even when I yawn, the device pops loose to let my jaws move and feels natural. The TAP device is an absolute must for me. I realized this when I was without it for a short length of time. I had a hard time falling asleep, rolled over all night, bathroom on the hour it seemed. Wish I would have known much sooner that the TAP device was available, and really works so well. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience with this fine product!”…Read More »
Gerald B Savory, DDS – Provider and Patient
“My old TAP reduced my RDI to 10 but just last week I took three nights of data and the new Elite has lowered it to five. !!!!!!!!!!! I have been testing the device and after a night or two of a tender right joint, I seem to be settling into it. I have also noticed myself dreaming more and even more bright eyed in the morning (of course I still have to remove the encrustations and eyebrow dander around the eyes! However, with the additional room for the tongue that the Elite provides, I am able to just lick my perioptical areas instead of rubbing them!) So the Elite is a winner for me. Compact and it feels strong.”…Read More »
David Cooper, DDS – Provider and Patient
“At the advanced seminar I was able to attach AM’s new nasal pillow to my custom TAP. To treat my moderate OSA I have worn a TAP 3 Elite since its development. Recently, I have had to add a nasal pillow CPAP mask to supplement my treatment with the oral appliance. It works, but it leaks air. When you roll on your side, the mask shifts and air leaks. If the straps shift the mask moves air leaks. The straps often come loose and it leaks air. I can tell you air leaks are a pain and are a main reason for CPAP intolerance. With the new TAP PAP CS there are no straps and NO leaks. The nasal pillows fit perfectly and I could sleep on my sides and even on my stomach! Wow! This is a great new tool for my arsenal of OSA treatment modalities.” Thank you AM.…Read More »
Aguido Macandog – Patient
“I started using the dreamTAP a week ago. When I woke up the first morning, I felt amazing! My sleep was not interrupted at all and I never felt very well rested and full of energy like that while on CPAP for 6 years. I told my Sleep Dentist…Read More » on my first follow up appointment that it is like a miracle drug and I don’t even feel the need to drink coffee in the morning anymore.”
Barbara – Patient
“After using a CPAP for probably 5 years, I became disenchanted with it for various reasons. I started using my dreamTAP dental appliance for sleep apnea. I couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s easy to use. It’s not-intrusive.…Read More » Once I go to sleep, I stay asleep. So far, the results are good when I have a sleep study done. So, thank you dreamTAP!”
Pat Beug – Patient
“I have used a progression of CPAP, BiPAP and VPAP machines, coupled with just about every mask marketed over the last 14 years, with mixed (at best) results. Currently I do best with a variable pressure machine delivering between 15 and 25 cm O2. No matter what design of mask I have tried, there is a lot of annoying blow-by. I had doubts that any design utilizing nasal pillows would work at the high pressures I need. I had tried nasal pillows in the past and they literally blew off my face. But this mask flat works. I can’t believe how secure it fits, how quiet it is, and how well it seals around my nares, without any headstraps and with just light pressure against my nose. It does not stimulate my gag reflex at all. It is about the most effective and non-irritating solution I could imagine.”…Read More »
George – Patient
“In my bedroom closet, I have a box filled with at least 25 discarded masks. Do not hesitate, buy this mask today. It is absolutely terrific. I know, I have tried them all. Over the past ten years, every time a new mask would come out, I would buy it, hoping that it might be the one mask that would actually work for me. Everyone was uncomfortable, they leaked, and more often than not, I would pull my mask off in the middle of the night. I hated them all. On a whim, I skeptically purchased the TAP PAP, and I can say without hesitation that this is the single best interface on the market today. Not only does it work well, I actually say without hesitation that, for the first time, I actually LOVE my mask. Perhaps the most important aspect of this mask is the fact that my CPAP compliance is, for the first time, nearly 100%. Because of this mask, I am now getting the most from my CPAP therapy for the first time in ten years. Molding the mouthpiece is a breeze. Once properly fitted, the mouthpiece hardens, and actually snaps right into place. The mouthpiece stays in place all night, it is unobtrusive, and there are no annoying straps wrapped around my head. Best of all, it is extremely comfortable to wear. This product is revolutionary. If you are a side sleeper, a restless sleeper, or you haven’t found headgear that works for you, you must give this mask a try. Again, I have tried virtually every mask on the market, and none of the can hold a candle to the TAP PAP. Buy it today!”…Read More »
Meet the TAP Team
Keith Thornton, DDS
Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board
A third-generation dentist, Dr. W. Keith Thornton practiced restorative dentistry in Dallas, Texas for 37 years. In addition to practicing general dentistry, Dr. Thornton focused on the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and was a leader in the use of splint therapy for the treatment of jaw joint pain. Using his knowledge and background in TMD management, Dr. Thornton invented the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) for sleep disordered breathing in 1994. Today, he holds approximately 72 patents on this technology including a number of ones for CPAP. Dr. Thornton taught for 25 years at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Pain and Sleep at Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Thornton is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). He is a fellow in both the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine where he received the distinguished service award in 2008. He is the owner of Airway Management, the company that manufacturers the TAP Sleep Care Portfolio of products. Today, Dr. Thornton continues to invent, teach, and advance the field of sleep medicine. On his days off, he likes to spend time driving his tractor.
Charles has been with Airway Management over 19 years, joining the company in Airway Labs division in March 2002. Prior to AMI, he worked for his family’s 100+ year old commercial construction business. He has worked in multiple Operations roles, learning something new about the business and industry in each position. His biggest point of pride has been working alongside Dr. Keith Thornton to bring his innovative ideas to life in the marketplace. Seeing projects from infancy that many people may think are crazy has been very rewarding. As the CEO, Charles has created a work environment that encourages innovation and ideas from all team members and continues to help Airway lead the industry in helping the most patients with sleep disordered breathing (including himself). He wears a dreamTAP on a nightly basis. Charles enjoys hearing directly from customers about the effectiveness of TAP Sleep Care products and their frustration of not hearing about OA therapy upon diagnosis. He looks forward to the day when OA therapy is the first line of treatment. When Charles isn’t working, he enjoys running, home remodeling projects, spending time with his family and traveling
Lynne has worked for AMI over 14 years and has held leadership positions in both Finance and Human Resources. She enjoys the family oriented (yet casual) environment. She is most proud of the way the business operates with such integrity for both customers and employees. “We don’t make up things about our products to get customers to use it. Everyone here really cares about the company, each other and the products we produce.” Before AMI, Lynne owned a small computer services business. When Lynne isn’t taking care of our customers and employees, she enjoys traveling, gardening and quilting.
Director of Research and Development
Alastair has worked for AMI for over seven years contributing as an R&D consultant to Dr. Keith Thornton’s innovation work. He enjoys designing new products and improving existing products. This involves understanding patients’ needs and exploring different solutions to resolve them. The ultimate goal is to make significant and ongoing product improvements to positively impact people’s lives. Alastair wears the myTAP on a nightly basis after testing in its initial stages and noticing how much his sleep and well-being improved. He wishes more people knew the effectiveness of treating OSA with oral appliance therapy vs. a CPAP. When he’s not designing or improving products, he and his wife enjoy spending time with their daughter and son traveling New Zealand where he is based. They can often be found boating on Lake Rotoiti.
Quality and Regulatory Director
Dee has been with Airway Management for 6 years. She likes the small business family environment and the flexibility. The best part of her day is learning something new or being able to help one of her co-workers. She loves providing excellent service to doctors and labs. Her biggest point of pride is knowing that she is helping people and in some cases, saving lives. Dee says that if you have a snoring problem or sleep apnea, you won’t believe what the myTAP can do. She knows firsthand, because when she started working here, she had a dreamTAP made, and she says that if she doesn’t sleep with it, her husband asks, “where is your mouth thing, is it broken or something?” Before working for Airway Management, Dee worked on contracts for Flexjet. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and watching her babies play basketball.
Rudy Zermeno, Lab Manager, has worked for Airway over 22 years. He is an integral team member at Airway assisting Dr. Keith Thornton with research and development of new TAP Sleep Care products and ensuring that every custom TAP that goes out the door is up to Airway Management’s high-quality standards for every patient. He most enjoys helping patients improve their way of life with a good night’s sleep. Rudy personally started wearing a TAP in 2019 and has experienced incredibly restful sleep with a great-fitting appliance. When he isn’t building custom appliances or working on new TAP innovation, he enjoys everything outdoors, like camping with his family and competing in kayak bass fishing tournaments.
Sherron has been with Airway Management for 12 years. She has learned various aspects of the company, starting in the lab division and now being in customer service. Both places have been exactly what she needed and at the right time. She feels very secure in her work and in her role as Customer Service Manager. She likes that Airway Management is a small company and that it’s easy for everyone to all feel like family to one another. She also enjoys working for a diverse company with several different age groups and different backgrounds with teams that work well together. One of her favorite stories is when a doctor called Sherron in Customer Service one day and told her that the TAP appliance works so well for their patient that his wife refuses to go on vacation with him if he doesn’t have it. Before working for Airway Management, she did claims processing and billing for a healthcare company. Outside of work, she and her husband stay busy with their 5-year-old son who keeps them fully entertained.
Patricia has worked for Airway Management for 12 years. She loves knowing that at the end of the day, everything we do at AMI helps people live better, healthier lives. Her description of the culture echoes so many others, as she says that we are one family, always ready to lend a hand to anyone that needs it. She feels that there are many things to be proud of, including the hard-working people that AMI employs, the top-of-the line products we offer, and the strenuous work put into innovation to better serve the public. The best part of her day is fulfilling customer orders in a timely manner, since she likes knowing that patients will have the best product available on the market when they need it. She always tells her friends, her healthcare providers and family about the benefits of a good night’s sleep and how that can be achieved through our TAP product line. She knows it all too well, since the TAP has helped Patricia’s family members to sleep better, wake up feeling rested, and being more focused through the day. Before working here, Patricia was an elementary school teacher. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Sales Manager / Clinician Support
Terri Jones has worked for Airway Management for 8 years. She enjoys educating customers about options for non-complaint PAP patients. She describes the culture here as dedicated, talented, and innovative. She says that our employee tenure/longevity speaks for itself. One of her favorite parts of her job is connecting patients with TAP providers and hearing their excitement to know that alternative therapies exist. Terri’s biggest point of pride her is working with a wide variety of personalities and strengths that all fit together like a puzzle. There is an excitement of innovation and positive results for our dentists and the patients they treat. Her favorite thing to hear is when a patient says they have slept with their spouse in the same bed for the first time in years. She says that if you suffer from sleep apnea, she can change your life in 15 minutes. Before working at Airway Management, Terri worked in cardiac rehabilitation/pulmonary disease intervention. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening, spending time at the lake with family, and cooking.
Kelly McDuff, Marketing Manager, joined Airway Management in 2020. Prior to AMI, Kelly worked at an advertising agency as a graphic designer and social content creator for the Big 12 Conference, National Football Foundation, WinStar Casino and more. Her experience reaches across print, digital and branding, as well as social analytics and reporting. Kelly’s favorite part about work is thinking of strategic solutions to market our unique product line. She stands by the quote, “No amount of marketing can sell a product that doesn’t work.” When Kelly isn’t driving strategy and handling our social accounts, she enjoys photography, happy hours and traveling to new cities.