160 Kings Daughters Dr., #100
Frankfort, KY 40601
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"Tap 3 Oral Appliance"

Tap 3 Oral Appliance (Photo: Courtesy Glidewelldental.com)

Frankfort Sleep Apnea

There is a silent epidemic affecting many people and its most common form is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you suffer from this condition, Dr. Smith has a solution that does not involve surgery.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. The pause in breathing is called an apnea and lasts seconds to minutes and can happen hundreds of times throughout a night’s sleep. The apnea is triggered by the soft tissues at the back of the throat as they start to relax. When these tissues relax too much, they may cause your airway to narrow and it vibrates during breathing, generating snoring. In severe cases, the airway may be blocked and a person temporarily stops breathing. When this happens, the brain detects lack of oxygen the airway may pause, snore or gasp for air hundreds of times a night. Many people never realize that sleep apnea may be the cause behind poor sleep quality. If left unchecked, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart palpitations, stroke and heart attack.

How Do You Know if You Suffer from Sleep Apnea?

  • Do you feel the need to nap or sleep during the day?
  • Are you tired despite having an adequate night’s rest?
  • Have you been told you snore?
  • Has your partner said you stop breathing or pause your breath while sleeping?
  • Do you suffer from high blood pressure?
  • Have you experienced headaches upon waking in the morning?

"Tap 3 Oral Appliance"If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, give us a call.

What is the TAP 3 Appliance?

The key to treatment is as easy as wearing a specialized oral appliance that is used to minimize nighttime snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Smith uses the TAP 3 appliance (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring in over 95% of patients. It reduces the chance of health risks without surgery. This device fits comfortably in the mouth and the hardware is small so the tongue can relax and lips can close. The TAP 3 device holds the lower jaw in a forward position and keeps the jaw from shifting and opening so the airway stays open and breathing is comfortable. Snoring and sleep apnea are eliminated.

To make an appointment, please give us a call, or visit our Request an Appointment page. Note:  There is no charge for your initial appointment.