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
Dr. Stacey Layman
“Snoring Device TAP 3: Snoring Device”
Dr. Joseph Whitehouse
Harris Mulnick, DDS (on the dreamTAP)
Acclimation time was two nights. Feeling more rested, it works great!
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 13 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.
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 patient’s 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 5 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 21 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 11 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 11 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.
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.