Night mouthguards, also known as nightguards, are devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching during sleep. It prevents a person from suffering the long-term impacts of bruxism, sleep apnea, and snoring. HomeTown Dental at Alliance helps its patients navigate through all the different types available and help choose the right mouthguard for them.
Importance of Night Guards
It is important for people suffering from bruxism, a sleep-related movement disorder, to seek help immediately for this problem. People suffering from it tend to clench their teeth tightly during their sleep, which causes damage to the teeth. While mild bruxism is easily manageable and does not have long term effects, in more serious conditions it can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, and damaged teeth.
Another disorder that might require people to need a mouthguard is sleep apnea. A person suffering from sleep apnea suffers from pauses in their breathing during their sleep. It is a profoundly serious condition and can increase the risk of heart ailments or stroke due to lack of oxygen. This condition is highly correlated with bruxism because clenched teeth lead to the blockage of your airways.
How Does It Work?
Given the serious implications that long term bruxism or sleep apnea can have, it is clear that a device which can manage these risks is extremely valuable. Night guards do not prevent the act of teeth clenching; rather they ensure that our teeth remain separated. This not only reduces the stress on your teeth, but also keep the airway open mitigating risk of sleep apnea. In addition to these, night guards also reduce snoring as they pull your lower jaw forward keeping your airway open.
Types of Mouthguards
Night guards are primarily of three types. Stock night guards are widely available and affordable option. They can be purchased over the counter at a sports or drug store. These are available in fixed sizes, but most only cover the top teeth. The biggest downside of these night guards is that the limited size options means that it may not fit your teeth and is uncomfortable to wear. In some cases, the bad fit may make it hard to talk while talking. Boil-and-bite night guards are also available at most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive. However, unlike stock night guards, they are customizable for your teeth. They are made of a thermoplastic material and on boiling, these night guards become soft at which point you can simply place it in front of your front teeth and bite. Custom night guards can be made by our dentists and are best suited for all the above-mentioned issues. Our dentists will take a mold of your teeth and use it to create a night guard specifically to fit your teeth. They are more comfortable and are less likely to accidentally dislodge while sleeping. If you suffer from sleep apnea, a custom night guard is the only one which will help manage it.
Night Guard usage
It is important to take care of your night guard given the amount of time it spends in contact with your teeth. You should brush and floss your teeth before putting in your night guard. Before putting on the night guard you should rinse it with mouthwash and clean it with toothpaste after each use.
A night guard is critical for people suffering from sleep disorders and can save them a lot of suffering and money. For those who need guidance about night guards, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777, today!
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