I used to have phlegm in the morning before using the Tap. That’s almost gone after starting adjustment. I am on three full turns.
There should be “some” play so you can move your teeth when you grind.
Also, check your adjustment before bed and in morning. I am losing a half turn by morning.
Yes, this is what happened this weekend. I was symptomatic again. I had bags under my eyes and was foggy, but I just thought I was overthinking it. Now I know the gear is not holding position. Ridiculous. I just bought this device. I am super annoyed. A lot of money for this thing not to endure barely a month of use. I thought I was going crazy until I checked the setting in the morning and could see it was not the same as when I went to bed.
When I say "brushing" I meant to say I though the screw was turning back from brushing the appliance and the mechanism. That does turn the screw as well, but I check the setting this morning before cleaning the appliance. It was at half a turn off the default vs. at bedtime it was 1.5 turns. It rolled back a full turn. This is bananas.
My Tap is rolling back it’s adjustment by morning. I thought it was happening cause of brushing. But, I checked this morning before brushing and almost all of the evening adjustment had rolled back. WTF.
Have you heard of this before? This dumb thing cost $3,000 and doesn’t hold the adjustment?
Any ideas what needs to be done?
I am using a Tap III. My dentist looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned it. It looks longer in pics to me. Like my jaw is stretched out. My bite is pretty much normal. I haven't read anywhere that this can be a side effect with a MAD so I don't know.
So something dumb I learned- after I brush my appliance in the morning the screw turns. So if you don’t recheck your setting before bed it could be different. Super dumb. No warning from the dentist about this. Basically wasted a month trying to find the sweet spot because I have no idea where my setting was for the past few weeks. Grrrr!
I started checking it at bed time and then I would check it again before the bed the next day and I learned I had rolled back the advancement unbeknownst to me. I thought initially my the screw was stripped and It wasn’t holding position during the evening. Then I tried brushing the screw to see if it turned. Yep!
Don’t trust your tap setting stays in place. You must check before bed every night. Would’ve been nice to if the dentist warned me. And who knows if I had advanced it without my knowledge and that was the reason for my jaw pain in the beginning. I feel like I am starting all over looking for the sweet spot. Super dumb.
It is like a mouth guard with an adjuster screw that moves the lower jaw forward thereby bringing the tongue forward so as to keep the throat opening clear from the tongue falling back.
A tap device is an alternative to CPAP for mild to moderate apnea.
I can completely relate to the low AHI score, but feeling awful. I was an empty headed zombie driving my car. I knew something was up because it felt like every time I was on the verge of deep sleep something would nudge me awake, but I just thought it was anxiety. Finally, a sleep test confirmed mild apnea. I don't use CPAP; however. I am using a tap appliance at the moment and can say for sure you will notice a big difference using your machine. I was immediately more clear headed and less groggy. I am still adjusting the appliance to get the maximum benefit. That is the frustrating part. There's definitely an adjustment period that takes place over a few months. Getting used to a thing in your mouth or on your face and then "tweaking" it to your situation. There is a bit of trial and error. But, I can say I sleep much more consistently now. I look forward to bedtime. Also, I rarely get up to go to the bathroom anymore. I used to get up like 3 or 4 times. Crazy how this little plastic thing is changing my life.
Is it common that the shape of your face changes using a MAD? I feel like after a month my face looks different in pics. It looks longer. My bite seems generally ok after a half hour of waking. I bite in the bite tab without problem. Thoughts?