Am I a good night guard candidate?
If your jaw is tender and achy when you wake up, you could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw in your sleep. Some people also experience distressing headaches and toothaches, as well. In the medical world, this condition is called bruxism. Bruxism can affect both children and adults.
The knowledgeable denturists and dentists at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice can help soothe the side effects of bruxism by making a special night guard that you wear on your teeth while you sleep. After the dental team takes an impression of your teeth, they create a five-star night guard that's specially made to fit your teeth and mouth. Since the night guard is designed and made just for you, it's both comfortable to wear and effective at preventing teeth grinding while you sleep.
Over time, if you don't wear a night guard and continue to grind your teeth, you run the risk of damaging your teeth. You might find yourself in need of veneers, crowns, or other cosmetic dental work, especially if you harm your permanent teeth.
Do I need a snore guard?
A dental snore guard is an anti-snoring oral device. It's designed to help patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Different types of snore guards are useful for different patients. An experienced dentist will evaluate the severity of your sleep apnea and snoring symptoms to recommend the best dental snore guard for you.
What is sleep apnea?
Intense, troublesome snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. When it's associated with this disorder, snoring isn't the primary cause for worry. The numerous problems that snoring can trigger are the real concern. Adults with sleep apnea suffer from sleep disturbances and waking episodes that, if left untreated, could lead to grave health problems.
How can wearing a snore guard benefit me?
A snore guard that your dentist constructs for your mouth can drastically reduce the most troubling side effects of mild to moderate sleep apnea. The benefits of sleeping with a snore guard include:
- Improved airflow
- More consistent sleep patterns
- Reduced snoring frequency
- Softer snoring
If you suffer from loud snoring, unrestful nights of sleep, and a sore jaw in the morning, turn to Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice for help. Our friendly team can help improve your oral health and the quality of your sleep with custom dental snore guards and night guards. Call or schedule a consultation online at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice today.