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Tap Adjustment

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sleepbandit +0 points · 2 months ago Original Poster

I realize that each case is unique, but was wondering if anyone can share how many turns you needed on your tap appliance before you started to find the “sweet spot”.

My tap defaults before any turns at about 50% of my range according to my dentist. I have only done one half turn so far. Lol.

Thanks!

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SleepDent +0 points · 2 months ago Sleep Commentator

Unfortunately, as you said, each case is unique. To some degree, the amount of protrusion needed relates to the severity of the patient's OSA. It is typical that TAPs default at about 50% of the range. It is possible that this amount of protrusion could be sufficient for a younger, thinner, mild level patient. Usually, I just tell people to do one half turn a day until there is a sense that the adjustments are no longer providing any more improvement OR your muscles and jaws joints start to feel strained. I would say that, for most people, 50 to 70 % of maximum protrusion generally gets the job done, but for more severe cases it could take closer to 100%. I am sure that your sleep dentist will monitor you until you are properly adjusted. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D., The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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sleepbandit +0 points · 2 months ago Original Poster

Thank you for your response.

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