If you have been diagnosed with teeth grinding, clenching, or bruxism, then a night guard may help you sleep more soundly. Night guards minimize tooth pain, reduce the possibility of cracked teeth, and stabilize your sleep patterns. Regularly wearing a night guard helps mitigate any irreversible tooth damage.
Night Guards and Sleep Apnea
If your medical doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, the appropriate sleep study and specialized care will be needed to guide you through your treatment options. The utilization of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine or a sleep appliance may be required to meet your specific needs. These sleeping devices maintain an open airway for easier, more stabilized breathing.
How Effective Are Night Guards?
Compliance with any product is always key to its effectiveness. The limitations of over-the-counter night guards are their bulkiness and generalized poor fit. As a result, many patients do not feel comfortable wearing them regularly. If you find that your over-the-counter night guard does not provide you the comfort, retention, or fit you desire, please let us know. We can provide you with a custom appliance to meet your individual needs. Our specially fabricated night guards will help you get a good night’s sleep and protect your unique smile.
What OTC Night Guards Do You Recommend?
If you’re looking for an effective OTC night guard, we recommend moldable appliances to fit your customized bite. Not only is a fitted night guard more comfortable, but it is also more likely to stay in your mouth throughout the night. One of the most popular and effective over-the-counter night guards is the Oral B Nighttime Dental Guard.
Should I Wear My Night Guard Every Night?
It’s always recommended that you wear your night guard every night. Our goal is to mitigate or eliminate your clenching or grinding habit and prevent further tooth damage. Though wearing a night guard cannot reserve tooth damage, it is a cost-effective, reliable way to protect your smile.
Benefits of Night Guards Made by Dentists
No two people are alike; we each have unique dental anatomies that require customized care. With a custom fabricated night guard, the design is dependent upon a patient’s preferences. Night guards made by dentists are industry-approved for the utmost safety and success. These night guards are designed to withstand tremendous force and provide a comfortable, balanced fit. Customized night guards provide the following benefits:
- Balanced fit
- Complete retention
- Advanced comfort
- Industry-approved design
- Advanced durability
Wearing a night guard is a preventive measure to protect your teeth from bruxism or teeth grinding. Our team at Clarkson Dental Group strives to protect smiles across Chesterfield, MO, and beyond. If you have any questions about dental night guards or bruxism, please call us at (636) 537-0065.