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Now Offering Two Choices for Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

Scrimpshire offers two different oral appliances for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) and the Elastic Mandibular Advancer (EMA®). Both the TAP and the EMA feature the ability to adjust the amount of mandibular advancement, opening the patient's airway.

The TAP and the EMA consist of upper and lower full arch acrylic splints that fit over the teeth like a mouthguard. The twin arches are joined together by either elastic or metal components that allow adjustment. They treat sleep apnea using the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). By holding the mandible forward, the airway is expanded and held open. The TAP and the EMA maintain a clear airway for the patient to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

The TAP adjusts the amount of mandibular advancement using a dial mechanism. The dial mechanism allows either the patient or the dentist to titrate the device for comfort and effectiveness. This improves patient comfort and increases patient compliance. The TAP is strong enough for patients with severe clenching and bruxism.

The EMA adjusts the amount of mandibular advancement using buccally located thin elastic straps. Straps are supplied in a variety of lengths and elasticity to allow for patient variance and effectiveness. EMA is less expensive than other oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea. In addition, the elastic straps on the device offer patients more lateral movement than many other forms of OSA treatment. Increased patient comfort can help improve patient compliance. The EMA appliance is not recommended for severe bruxers.

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