A Night Guard is a plastic mouthguard appliance used to relax the jaw muscles and/or prevent the teeth from wearing down due to bruxism (grinding), which typically occurs during sleep. People who wake up with sore muscles, facial weakness, or a jaw that is “locked” are good candidates for this device.
Have you considered using a Night Guard to prevent your teeth from grinding at night?
If not, it's time to start thinking about your teeth if you're having difficulties sleeping at night. Your jaw strain may be causing more difficulties than you realize.
Taking the necessary actions to relieve tension can help you with health problems you didn't realize were related to your mouth. If you don't grind your teeth, you'll avoid all of the dental problems that come with it.
Bruxism and Poor Sleep
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a frequent disorder in which a person clenches or grinds their teeth. You may grind your teeth at sleep and be unaware of it, with an estimated prevalence rate of 8 percent to 31.4 percent among adults. While the reason isn't always known, the symptoms can be unpleasant, including poor sleep, jaw pain, headaches and even tooth damage.
While there is no cure for bruxism, many doctors recommend Night Guard to assist prevent nighttime grinding and clenching, as well as the repercussions that come with it. While a Night Guard may provide relief for certain users, but may not be appropriate for everyone. If you believe you may be grinding your teeth at night, consult Dr. Stefanie to learn more about the causes and treatments available.
Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard
Wearing a Night Guard offers numerous advantages. Since you're more prone to grind your teeth during sleeping if you're stressed — leading to poor sleep and even more stress — wearing a Night Guard is the first step to getting a better night's sleep. In addition, wearing a Night Guard:
- Helps to reduce grinding and clenching of teeth, thus protecting them from damage
- Allows for improved breathing at night, as the air passages are kept open
- Can dramatically reduce headaches as well as neck and shoulder tension
- Can reduce tension and stress on jaw muscles and joints, prolonging their life and reducing or preventing progression of any orthodontic conditions
- Can also help to reduce snoring, allowing the wearer and others to have a better night sleep
- Can help to prevent and reduce fractures, premature tooth wear, chipping, and loosening of teeth over time
How do I get a Night Guard?
If you think wearing a Night Guard is right for you, the first step is to have Dr. Hamamoto get dental impressions of your upper and lower teeth. We will send the impressions to a lab that will make the Night Guard. At your next appointment, we will make the necessary adjustments to ensure a correct fit for your bite.