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We provide care in three easily-accessible locations across the Rio Grande Valley.


1604 East 8th St., Suite A
Weslaco, TX
Phone: (956) 447-5557


5300 North McColl Rd., Suite 100
McAllen, TX
Phone: (956) 630-1000


1022 E. Griffin Pkwy.
Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 833-6000


Oral Advancement Device

An oral advancement device known as a TAP®, or Thornton Adjustable Positioner, can serve as a potential alternative to the use of a CPAP unit for the treatment of OSA and snoring. This device advances the lower jaw, opening up the airway in order to reduce or eliminate obstructive respiratory events and snoring.

How Do You Know If You Need a TAP®?

A sleep study at one of our accredited sites in Weslaco and McAllen is the best and easiest way to determine whether you have a sleep disorder and need treatment, such as an advanced oral device. We conduct these studies in our modern, safe, and secure sleep labs. Here your rest is carefully monitored and your brain waves, eye movements, muscle activity, breathing effort and airflow, blood oxygen level, heart rate and rhythm, the duration of your stages of sleep, body positions, and movements of your arms and legs while sleeping are recorded. Once your sleep study is complete and has been scored, your sleep specialist will analyze the results to determine whether you require treatment for a sleep disorder.

Oral Advancement Device Treatment

Some people prefer not to use a CPAP device for the treatment of their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. In cases wherein their OSA is not severe, some individuals may benefit from an orally-worn device called a TAP®, or Thornton Adjustable Positioner.

The TAP is variably comfortable for different individuals and is easy to adjust during intervals of wakefulness during the night or before you retire for the night. Several independent peer-reviewed studies have shown it to be more effective than any other available oral appliance.1

Everyone is different and so is every TAP. Some TAPs can even be combined with CPAP to help mitigate or eliminate your OSA and snoring. Your TAP or TAP-CPAP combination device will be precision-fit for you by Dr. Joseph Adame, the Valley’s only board-certified dental sleep medicine specialist. With your new TAP, Dr. Adame, his dental staff, and our Center staff will develop an ongoing treatment plan for you that can be of immediate and long-lasting benefit in helping to improve the quality of your sleep.

  1. A. Hoekema, B. Stegenga, P.J. Wijkstra, J.H. van der Hoeven, A.F. Meinesz, L.G.M de Bont. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Therapy. Hoekema Research Report J Dents Res 87(9):882-887, 2008