Many people grind their teeth (bruxism) and clench their jaws during sleep, but are completely unaware of it. Teeth grinding may seem harmless, but it may cause temporomandibular joint disorder, frequent headaches, jaw and facial pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and prematurely worn teeth. You need a dental night guard.
Teeth grinding can also lead to teeth sensitivity, cracked teeth, receding gums and teeth misalignment. If you grind your teeth at night, see Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores. Dr. Dores offers dental night guard to prevent bruxism and provide relief from symptoms.
What is a Dental Night Guard?
Sleep apnea is a very dangerous condition. A lot of people suffer with it and often times they don’t even realize that they have it. One of the signs of sleep apnea is snoring. The signs that I look for, is also I see a lot of wear on people’s teeth, they grind their teeth. If they are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the goal standard treatment is the CPAP machine, which is like a mask that the patient would wear while they sleep, and it provides positive oxygen pressure for them while they’re sleeping so they don’t stop breathing. We can help treat sleep apnea here in the office, it is an oral appliance that helps reposition the jaw and it helps keep the airway open while people are sleeping. This option is for people who cannot tolerate the mask.
A dental night guard or nocturnal bite plate is a transparent plastic mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. It is worn at night to prevent the upper and lower arches from coming into contact with each other. There are different types of night guards: over-the-counter, boil and bite and custom.
Over-the-counter night guards are found in most drug stores. They are usually large, unattractive and don’t fit well (they might even come out at night).Boil and bite mouth guards are also available in stores. You boil the mouthpiece to soften it, and mold the material to your teeth. Boil and bite night guards fit a bit better than OTC night guards, but they are not as durable as a custom dental night guard.
Custom Night Guards
Custom dental night guard are made at your dentist’s office. First, trusted Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores will examine your mouth thoroughly, determine your grinding pattern and identify damaged areas that need to be repaired. Depending on the condition of your mouth, you may need a small night guard that fits over the front teeth or a full coverage mouthpiece. You Longmeadow, MA dentist will then take impressions or molds of your teeth and send them to the dental lab that will design the custom night guard.