Grinding your teeth (often while you sleep), is a condition known as bruxism. It wears down teeth, and without protection, can destroy tooth enamel and can chip or crack teeth. Once enamel has been destroyed, it cannot be replaced. In addition, constant clenching of the jaw during sleep can lead to headaches, sore jaw and facial muscles, and even a condition called TMJ disorder which causes chronic pain in the face, jaw, and neck. Because teeth grinding while sleeping is unintentional, the most safe and effective way to ensure teeth are protected is to wear a night guard that separates teeth. If you find yourself suffering from headaches or jaw pain during the day, or your spouse notices that you grind or clench your teeth during your sleep, you may want to consider a custom made night guard, which is more comfortable, durable and effective than other options.
A sportsguard is commonly used for contact sports such as boxing, football, martial arts, wrestling, hockey, rugby, and many more etc. to protect your teeth. A severe blow to your mouth while playing can cause chipped or broken teeth, along with injury to your soft tissues (cheeks, lips, and tongue). Therefore, to prevent those injuries, either Boil and Bite or Custom made sportsguards are recommended. Visit Signature Smilez to have our dentist create a customize sportsguard for you.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated. Oral appliance therapy is recommended for patients with mild to moderate apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP. This device prevents the airway from collapsing by holding the tongue in position or by sliding your jaw forward so that you can breathe when you are asleep. Some patients prefer sleeping with an oral appliance to a CPAP machine. There are a variety of oral appliances that can treat obstructive sleep apnea. Each device may differ in appearance. Most devices fall under one of the two following types: 1. Mandibular repositioning devices – these oral appliances are the most widely used to reposition your lower jaw forward and down slightly to keep your airway open while you sleep. 2. Tongue retaining devices – these oral appliances hold your tongue in place to keep your airway open.
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