Header - EMA Sleep Appliance - smallPatients Sleep Better with TAP®

As a doctor, you know your patients’ dental conditions can have a great impact on their overall health. DeLux provides TAP sleep appliance customized to ensure they get maximum rest, and dental protection.

An increasing number of dental patients are found to have the symptoms of sleep apnea, the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. Typically indicated by snoring, often times sufferers will awake gasping for breath.

Apnea-related disturbances occur repeatedly, resulting in a restless sleep and daytime drowsiness. The disease can cause serious health issues including increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and blood stream

DeLux Helps Your Patients TAP® Into a Good Night’s Sleep

Page Image - TAP 2If your patient suffers from snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea, take a look at the TAP® (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). This is a simple, patient friendly treatment solution for both snoring and sleep apnea. It works by keeping the airway open and improves breathing while sleeping. The positioner holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. The unique design allows the patient to “fine-tune” the position at home to achieve maximum results. The TAP® has a 96% success rate and is the key to a restful nights sleep. The TAP® can eliminate the need for surgery, masks, or medications.

Page Image - TAP 1One of the world’s premier sleep-enabling appliance, the TAP® is made of two custom inter-occlusal parts that fit over the mandible and the maxilla. The upper portion of the device hooks into the lower portion, enabling the mandible to be pulled forward. Using a dial mechanism, the appliance is titratable allowing adjustment to determine the degree to which the jaw is held forward. By holding the mandible forward, the TAP® maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.


  • Patient friendly
  • Superior results
  • Easy to fit
  • Infinitely adjustable
  • Precise control of advancement
  • Interchangeable hooks



  • Alleviate Sleep Apnea
  • Reduce Snoring
  • Improve patient’s sleep
  • Improves overall life & health
  • Prevents changes in teeth position & mouth structures
  • Patient adjustable for maximum effectiveness

What Makes The TAP® Unique Among Sleep Appliances?

Page Image - TAP 4The TAP® appliance is a custom-made, two-piece appliance that snaps firmly and comfortably over the upper and lower teeth, much like a sports mouthguard or retainer. Its basic function is to hold the jaw forward so the tongue and soft tissues of the throat do not collapse into the throat causing snoring and sleep apnea. The unique design allows the patient to adjust the degree to which the lower jaw is held forward, simultaneously allowing maximum comfort and effectiveness.

The TAP 3 Elite® offers the same results as the TAP® and TAP II®, and fits more comfortably in the mouth. The smaller hardware provides more room for the tongue and allows the lips to close. Developed with advanced dental technology, the TAP 3 Elite® improves breathing and eliminates snoring in over 95% of all patients. The appliance also effectively treats sleep apnea and reduces the impact of associated health risks without the need for surgery, CPAP or medication.

Page Image - TAP 3The TAP 3 Elite® gives dentists numerous options to create the best, customized treatment solution for their patients. Interchangeable hooks can accommodate Class I, II and III bites and increase the vertical distance between upper and lower teeth. As with any medical condition, it is recommended to consult with a trained sleep specialist before prescribing a sleep apnea appliance.

Trust DeLux to Help You Deliver a Good Night’s Sleep for Your Patients


Indications & Contraindications


  • Anti-snoring device
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea


  • Loose teeth or dentures
  • Central Sleep Apnea.

Tips & Resources

ADA Codes

D5999 – typically not covered by dental.

E0486 – medical insurance code


  • Second Hand Snoring (pdf)
  • Has CPAP Failed You? (pdf)
  • Do You Snore? (pdf)