TAP PAP Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Stability Mouthpiece
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TAP PAP Nasal Pillow Mask w/ Mouthpiece Overview
If mask leaks, facial marks or headgear hair stand between you and a restful night of CPAP therapy, consider trying the TAP PAP Nasal Pillow Mask with Stability Mouthpiece. This unique nasal pillow mask provides stability without the need for headgear. The soft, mold-able mouthpiece offers unexpected comfort with the ability to customize fit to your unique dental imprint.
The unique TAP PAP is designed to offer superior fit and stability for CPAP mask users. This nasal pillow mask comes packaged with small, medium and large nasal pillows as well as the mold-able mouthpiece and optional headgear. Select the nasal pillow size that offers the best fit and comfort and customize the mouthpiece for a stable fit. If desired, use the included headgear to secure the hose up over the head.
How it Works:
The seal of the TAP PAP nasal pillows is maintained using a molded mouthpiece naturally held in place by the teeth rather than relying on restrictive headgear.
- Heat the patent pending ThermAcryl™ mouthpiece to fit to the user's mouth and dental structure.
- Select the best size nasal pillow seals.
- Attach the mouthpiece to the mask frame.
- Insert the mouthpiece and align the nasal pillows.
Detailed step by step instructions for fit and use are included with the TAP PAP. Review the Important Tips Tab of this product page and product videos for more information on using the TAP PAP.
- Mold-able Mouthpiece
- Highly Adaptive Frame
- Quiet Exhalation Port
- Ball & Joint Hose Connection
- Quick Disconnect
- Headgear Included (**Not Required For Use)
The most notable feature of the TAP PAP mask, the unique ThermAcryl™ material used for the mouthpiece. Dipping this thin, soft polymer in boiled water allows it to be easily and comfortably set to a precise mold of the teeth. Re-submerge the tray into boiled water and it will return to its original shape so it can be re-molded. Once cast, the mouthpiece will fit snugly around the teeth and won't crowd the tongue. If the mouthpeice feels tight after going through the molding process, run the mouthpeice under warm to hot water. Then re-insert the mouthpeice and move it little from side to side in the mouth. This will loosen the mouthpiece around the teeth.
The unique nut and bolt joint sets the desired angle and depth for the nasal pillows and mouthpiece. Once the mask is fit, there should be little need for ongoing adjustments. Left handed? The nut and bolt can also be set to accommodate either right or left handed users.
Quiet Exhalation Port
Knowing that quiet operation is a key to sleep comfort, the TAP PAP uses a wide distribution of holes along the mask frame to distribute air evenly and quietly. This helps to reduce disturbances to the user or bed partner.
Ball and Joint Hose Connection
The short tube of the TAP PAP ends in a rotating ball and socket joint. The two piece joint allows for movement during sleep without disturbing the mask seal and extend a high degree of flexibility.
For quick and easy of the release of the mask and long hose just flex the connection between the joint and short hose and it will separate smoothly. Snap back into place when ready to resume therapy.
Although not required for use, the TAP PAP does come packaged with a headgear. A loop at the top of the headgear strap can be used to keep the mask short tube in place during sleep.
NOTE: This is delivery device only and does not include a machine to deliver the air pressure.
Where do I find the size?
The mask frame does not have an identifiable size because it offers a universal fit to each of the TAP PAP nasal pillows.
The size of the nasal pillow is found by removing the pillow from the mask frame. Hold the nasal pillow with the small opening facing upward. Look near the bottom of the pillow to locate the words, "S M A L L," "M E D I U M," or "L A R G E," which are embossed on the base ring. The size can be found on either nasal pillow.
Please watch the Fitting Video to see how the mouthpiece is molded and how to align the nasal pillows.
Exhibit CAUTION when using hot water to fit the mouthpiece of the TAP PAP.
Fitting Hints & Tips:
- First time wearing a mouthpiece? Those who are new to wearing a mouthpiece may take a few days to become accustomed to it. Allow for some adjustment time.
- Mouthpeice too tight? The mouthpiece should be a snug fit but comfortable. If too tight, hold under hot tap water for 15 seconds and re-insert. Then, while in place, move the mouthpiece slightly from side to side. This will loosen the mouthpiece around the teeth.
- Mouthpeice too wide or narrow? Warm water can also be used for small adjustments. The width of the mouthpiece can be adjusted by holding the mouthpiece under warm water and spreading or narrowing the space.
- Pillows too close or far? Alignment of the nasal pillows and mouthpiece can be adjusted using the bolt and screw.
- Experiencing leaks? Turn your machine on to fit the mask while under pressure. Move the mask away from your nose as much as you can without it leaking. You will find it doesn't need to be tightened much to seal as a regular mask, as it doesn't move. That will make it more comfortable over the night. You can also adjust the rotation of the seals or change nasal pillow sizes, to improve the seal if needed.
- Want to re-fit the mouthpiece? To completely remold the mouthpiece, repeat the boiled water steps.
Care & Cleaning:
- Each morning rinse mouthpiece with cold water and allow to dry in an area out of direct sunlight.
- Weekly, wash nasal pillows and mask components in lukewarm water with mild soap. Scrub mouthpiece with a soft toothbrush. Thoroughly rinse all components and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight.
- If using the headgear, each week hand wash it using mild soap, rinse well and allow to dry.
- DO NOT wash mask or headgear in dishwasher or washing machine. Use only mild soap that does not contain moisturizer, antibacterial agents, alcohol or bleach.
This Product is Not Recommended For:
- People who have 1 or 2 upper teeth that are positioned more forward than the rest of the upper teeth (1 or 2 upper teeth that stick out)
- People who do not have at least 8 original, permanent teeth on the upper jaw
- People who have removable dentures
- People who have dental implants
- People who have loose crowns or fillings or broken or soft teeth
- People who have permanent bridges installed on the upper teeth
The mouthpiece is nothing more than a hard plastic jaw shaped depression. Impossible to keep from slipping.
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Okay, I use these reviews to help my decision making so it is fair that I give back by contributing. I just ordered my second one of these to replace the one I have been using for three years. I am replacing because my dog chewed my old one. Otherwise I would still be using it. I have tried five different brand/models over the years and this one is by far my favorite. Second would be the Sleepweaver Elan. It is a fairly distant second. When my old Tap Pap was broken I pulled out my older masks to use until my replacement arrives. I then realized just how much I prefer the Tap Pap. Why I like the Tap Pap: No leaks. If it leaks a little, a quick adjustment and it stops & stays that way. Quiet. Very quiet - one of my old ones is so noisy by comparison that I took it off after 30 mins. and threw it away. Comfort. I really think this is the most comfortable and least intrusive device that I have used. The Sleepweaver seemed comfortable at first (it is, compared to some of the hard masks I've worn), but in comparison it irritates my nose. Actually, it bothers me right below the nose with an irritation like being rubbed with something abrasive. The Tap Pap does not irritate my nose at all. I had heard the knock against nasal pillows is that they rub & irritate the nostrils. My theory is that this one does not do that because the mouthpiece holds it solidly in place and there is no movement whatsoever. Which brings up another like: No sensitivity to motion or movement. All my other masks would start to leak to some degree if I rolled over or moved. This one does not. This is important to me because I do re position often due to a lower back injury. I also threw away one of my other ones that just leaks like crazy if you move at all. Finally, this device actually pulls double duty. My dentist has nagged me for years about getting a night guard because I allegedly grind my teeth. Well, the Tap Pap functions as a night guard would. Problem solved! Now I realize that we are all a little different and have different preferences and concepts of comfort. There is no "fit all" solution. For me, this is the best device for my needs and I will probably never even try anything else. The mouthpiece does not bother me and once in place I don't even know it is there. I wake up in the morning and have no sense of urgency to remove the device or turn off my CPAP. That was not always the case. I actually enjoy breathing the cool, clean, moist air and would probably keep using my device even if I no longer had apnea. It is that comfortable for me. I realize that some of you now think I am nuts, but I hope this helps somebody. more...
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With this mouthpiece, you have no marks on your face and it is comfortable, once you adjust to the change.
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this is probably the most uncomfortable unit i have ever used. not because of the nose seal it is excellent. the problem is the mouthpiece is so rigid and stiff it made my teeth feel extremely painful when i tried to use it. and it would be next to impossible to get it out. it gets 2 stars because of the good seal it has to the nose. more...
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I'm a side sleeper that used to be a stomach sleeper before I started CPAP, so it's always been a struggle to find a mask that doesn't dislodge or leak in the night. This is the first one that really works for me in more than 14 years of trying. Yes, it took a week of adjusting things and getting the mouth piece to fit just right, but the new design on the mouth piece made that easier and more comfortable. No straps, no grooves in my hair or face in the morning and the best sleep of my CPAP life. more...
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