MyTap Oral Splint
MyTap Oral Splint
What is an My Tap Oral Splint?
The MyTAP is a simple treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea. It advances the lower jaw forward, so that the soft throat tissues do not collapse into the airway, causing snoring and sleep apnea. The unique trays of the myTAP are made from a thermoacrylic plastic that when heated becomes soft and can be moulded to the teeth. If reheated the trays will return to their original shape and can be refitted.
MyTAP works like any other Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) in that it stabilises your lower jaw by attaching it your upper jaw. This stops your tongue from falling into the back of your throat during the night, which causes snoring and sleep apnea.
MyTAP is a good stepping stone to see if Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) will be an effective solution to your snoring or sleep apnea. Moulded splints from a dentist can be expensive especially if you do not know how effective they will be for you in the long run. MyTAP allows the user to slowing adjust their lower jaw until they have reached an optimal thrust position.
A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) can be an effective alternative to using a CPAP Machine for those who are not able to tolerate the additional pressure, or are looking for a more portable and convenient solution.
MyTAP also comers with a morning aligner to help set your jaw back into a neutral position if you are waking with discomfort from the use of the oral appliance.
Will it be an effective snoring treatment for you?
The effectiveness of oral devices on the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea has been a contentious issues for some time, but it has been established that their effectiveness are as follows:
- If you only suffer from snoring, then an oral appliance will work well for you.
- The devices will aid in treating 50% of the cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- As much as 10% of severe sleep apnea cases can be treated by an oral appliance.
If you want to know if a Mandibular Advancement Splint will work for you with a higher degree of certainty, we advise seeing a doctor - such as SleepGP - that can assess your upper airway for suitability to oral devices.
It is also important to consider if an oral device is suitable for you if you have loose teeth, dentures or braces. In these cases we advise you to talk to your dentist.