Here at Irvine Dentistry, Dr. Christianne Lee along with our entire team always recommends the best solutions for you. Nighttime mouth guards are used especially for protecting your teeth from damage by clenching or grinding (bruxism) as you sleep. You can also use night guards to relieve you of obstructive sleep apnea or to reduce snoring. You can choose from the three main types of mouthguards including stock, boil-and-bite, and custom-made mouthguards.
Importance Of Night Guards
Bruxism can cause several problems, including sore gums, tooth pain, jaw pain, and tooth damage. Night mouthguards are effective for separating your top and bottom teeth to prevent tooth damage as the mouthguards protect each set of teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding. Since it can be difficult to keep stock mouthguards in place, our professionals may recommend that you replace these uncomfortable mouthguards with better types. Boil-and-bite mouthguards may not be very suitable for you since they become weak and brittle with time. Therefore, our team of experts often recommends custom-made mouthguards for the best results.
Sleep apnea is a condition that can cause temporary breaks in breathing while you are asleep, which may prevent enough oxygen supply to your brain, hence increasing the risk for stroke and heart disease. Our specialists recommend a custom-made mouthguard to provide a similar effect to a CPAP machine when you have mild sleep apnea. The night mouthguard can be effective in keeping your airway open as you sleep. It works not only by covering your teeth but also pushes the tongue and lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway open. There are night mouthguards with a strap going around your chin and head to re-adjust the lower jaw.
Night guards are effective in reducing snoring, which occurs as a result of the soft tissues of the upper airway vibrating. In a similar way to mouth guards for sleep apnea, these devices work by pulling the lower jaw forward hence keeping the airway open. Visiting our office allows you to get the best recommendation for mouthguards for reducing snoring from our team of experts. Our custom-made options offer better comfort and durability than over-the-counter choices.
Features Of Night Guards To Consider
Our team considers various factors when selecting a night mouthguard that suits you. The first consideration is the cost where the mouthguard you choose has to be pocket-friendly for you. Boil and bite options that are available through many sporting goods stores and pharmacies are not a bad option, but tend to be thinly made so they quickly wear down. Our custom-made options are more expensive but also more durable, offering better value for money.
You may also choose between a one-size-fit-all or a molded mouthguard but our professionals usually recommend the molded one for conditions like bruxism since they are comfortable and more effective. We also consider whether the mouthguard is trimmable or not. While custom-made mouthguards are not trimmable at home, they are made to provide a comfortable fit that takes into account tooth size and gum levels.
Some boil-and-bite mouthguards and stock mouthguards can be trimmed at the edges with scissors for a proper fit for your mouth, but the results can be varied when not done by a trained hand. If you do suffer from bruxism or mild sleep apnea, our team may be able to help make your sleep a better one.
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