Mouthguards / Nightguards
Here at Tropic Dental we recommend night mouthguards as a remedy to teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is a condition where one involuntarily grinds their teeth while they sleep. The condition is caused by TMJ (Temporomandibular Jaw) disorder.
Mouthguards can also help relieve snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. In the sections below, we are going to explore how night mouthguards help to deal with teeth grinding and sleep apnea. We will also explore the various kinds of mouthguards that you can get.
Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. As mentioned earlier, the disorder causes involuntary jaw movement while you sleep, causing your teeth to crush or clench against each other. This movement can cause your teeth to fracture or chip away. Other effects include jaw pains, tooth pains, and sore gums.
A mouthguard keeps your teeth separated while you sleep. The mouthguard is of a soft texture and does not damage teeth. Bruxism requires a custom-made mouthguard. A custom made mouthguard is made specifically for you at the dental office. A custom made mouthguard is tailored to ensure it perfectly fits into your mouth.
You can use boil-and-bite mouthguards as well. They offer a great fit just like custom made mouthguards. Their only limitation is that they tend to become weak and brittle after a short while if you have to use them frequently. It is not advisable to use stock mouthguards for bruxism cases. Stock mouthguards are sold over the counter and come in different sizes. They are not tailor-made for any particular person.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that is caused by airway blockages while you sleep. It is a potentially dangerous disorder that needs to be controlled properly. Blockage of the airways can cause breathing difficulties or even a stroke. Mild sleep apnea causes people to snore quite loudly, and this can be a real problem for the patient’s partner.
A custom mouthguard can help keep your airways open. The mouthguard pushes your tongue and lower jaw forward, to ensure there is a big enough air passage while you sleep. As such, you need a mouthguard that is specially designed for that purpose. For severe cases, you might have to get a mouthguard with a strap that goes around your chin and head. It helps to adjust your lower jaw significantly enough to provide an open air passage.
For sleep apnea, stock or boil and bite mouthguard will not do you any good. They might make the condition worse. Do not try to guess what mouthguards you need when you have such sleeping disorders. Come see us, and we will properly advise you on which treatments will prove helpful. Ultimately, getting a custom-made mouthguard is the best solution.
Get in touch with us, Tropic Dental, by calling (239) 244-1555 today if you think you have any of these sleeping disorders. Our team of professionals is always ready and happy to attend to anyone seeking our attention.