For our team at Advanced Family Dentistry we do recommend the use of a mouthguard (night) to help prevent snoring, teeth clenching, or teeth grinding during sleep. Mouthguards are devices modeled to keep you from suffering the effects of bruxism or teeth grinding and clenching. They guard the teeth by acting as a barrier or deterrent between them. They also help keep snoring at bay and are a good way to relieve one of mild sleep apnea. Getting a good night’s sleep is a stress reliever and a necessity for health. However, many people cannot enjoy quality sleep due such conditions.
Effects of Teeth Grinding
Gnashing of teeth over time has serious repercussions. It can lead to the premature enamel loss. Enamel is the outer covering of tooth that acts as a protective barrier. When it is eroded, the inner tooth remains bare, and bacterial infection can easily attack the dental structure. Other than enamel loss, teeth grinding is known to lead to tooth yellowing, tooth fracturing, recession of gums, and migraines. The best way to avoid all this is to use night mouthguards.
Bruxism and mild sleep apnea can be treated by donning mouthguards during sleep time. Also referred to as nocturnal bite plates and bite splints, they can be perfectly designed by our dentist to help restore your sleep, thereby lessening tensions caused by insomnia. Once it has been worn, it helps decrease tension as you clench jaws. By cushioning your jaws, any pain that would have been experienced on the jaw or face is decreased. This also encourages your airway to remain relaxed and for you to breathe more easily.
Although one may purchase an over the counter mouthguard, visiting our office for a custom-fitted device would be an ideal choice. Our dentist will check the inside of your mouth before deciding on what is best for you. Using a dental impression, we ensure that you get a mouthguard specifically suited to your teeth.
Types of Night Mouthguards
A soft night mouthguard is one of the most popular mouthguards. It is ideal for mild cases of teeth grinding. Apart from being pocket-friendly, they are also comfortable and quite easy to use. With the dual laminate mouthguard, the insides are very soft while the exterior material is quite tough. It is durable, can handle moderate cases of grinding, and it has a longer guarantee. A hard night guard is another device our dentist may recommend. These are less flexible with an assured longevity. They are ideal for severe cases of teeth gnashing. They are sturdy and help prevent teeth from shifting.
When you visit our office, we will guide you on how to make the best use of your night mouthguard. We encourage you to be patient as it can take a few days before wearing the mouthguard feels comfortable. If there are any fitting concerns, we will help make adjustments until we arrive at specifications that work well for you. For more information on how mouthguards may the ideal solution for your sleep problems, do feel free to get into contact with us at Advanced Family Dentistry at (765) 287-5338.