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Help Is On The Way For People With Leaking Full Face Masks- SleepDent

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SleepDent +0 points · 3 months ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

At this moment, I am working on prototypes for a new type of full face mask that could help huge numbers of people. The mask starts out as a nasal pillow mask that attaches to the teeth via a tray that eliminates all external straps. This is nothing new. The CPAP Pro and the TapPap have been doing this for years. What IS new is that my mask comes with a very, very soft silicone oval shaped intraoral mouth shield that seals off the mouth from the INSIDE. Very, very comfortable. Feels like nothing at all. With an intraoral seal, the air pressure becomes your friend, not your enemy because it just seals more tightly. Mask will not leak in any position and with any movement-EVER. Will keep you updated as to progress. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr.,D.M.D., The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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NiceSilverBison1316 +0 points · 3 months ago

That sounds very interesting Dr. Luisi. I look forward to hearing more about this in the future. I have a tough time overcoming dry mouth with my oral appliance because of mouth breathing when having sleep apnea episodes. The intraoral mouth shield would help immensely. Too bad they never put one in production for the TAP3 Elite. Don't know whether the VA would spring for another oral appliance.

Jim

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SleepDent +0 points · 3 months ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Although the Tap3 Elite is no longer produced, my remembrance of it is that it had the same face plate held on by two screws as the other members of the Tap family. My best guess is that the current mouth shield for the Tap3/dreamTap WOULD retrofit to the Tap3 Elite. I would got to www.tapintosleep.com to get their number and give them a call. You might be pleasantly surprised. Dr. Luisi

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Sherry +0 points · 3 months ago

Sounds very exciting! Keep us posted on the progress!

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SleepDent +0 points · 3 months ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

I just about have the prototypes where I want them to begin field trials. They are basically made out of a bunch of F.D.A. approved parts and materials that have been repurposed and reshaped. The key is to try to build enough strength and longevity into the prototypes when you are working with an essentially hand-built product. I have NO shortage of people who want to use them. Dr. Luisi

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