If you or any other member of your family play sports, snore, or grind your teeth, the team at Nevada Dentistry & Braces may be able to help you with custom-fitted mouth and night guards. Would you benefit from a custom-fitted mouth guard or night guard? Find out more.
Daytime Vs. Nighttime Mouth Guards
Daytime dental guards are recommended if you play contact sports or other injury-prone athletics and if you have bruxism — the tendency to grind your teeth. Night guards can protect against teeth grinding while sleeping, as well as problematic snoring, sleep apnea, and other nighttime dental issues.
The Problems With Over The Counter Dental Devices
Although you can purchase mouth guards over the counter, they will not provide the same benefits as custom designs and can actually worsen certain problems. This is especially true of night guards, which are generally worn for a much longer time than an athletic mouth guard.
Risk Of Using OTC Mouth & Night Guards
- Increased Bruxism
- Misaligned Jaw
- TMJ Pain
- Broken Teeth
- No Improvement Or Worsening Of Symptoms
What Is A Night Guard?
Also known as nocturnal bite plates, bite splints, and occlusal guards, night guards are a type of dental device fitted to the biting surface of your teeth to stop them from grinding against each other as you sleep. Bruxism and nighttime teeth clenching can cause all kinds of issues, from headaches to jaw pain, fractured teeth, and temporomandibular (jawbone) disorders, aka TMJ syndrome.
By protecting your teeth from gnashing against each other, a sleep guard can help prevent and relieve these issues and can also help you get a good night’s rest.
Reasons To Consider Nighttime Dental Protection
During the day, it’s easy to focus on habits and behaviors. If you feel stressed and find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth in frustration, you can take active steps to release the negative tension and loosen up your mouth.
Nighttime is a different matter altogether. Being unconscious, you can’t control the constant grinding, leading to the issues mentioned above.
- Prevent Certain Types Of Headaches
- Reduce Future Dental Repair Costs
- Reduce Or Eliminate TMJ Pain
- Prevent Tooth Damage
- Improve Quality Of Sleep
Night Guards For Snoring
Do you snore incessantly, keeping your partner up all night? Maybe you sleep alone but find yourself frequently woken up by the sound of your own “sawing logs.” Snoring can be caused by sleep apnea. It can also result from being overweight, having a large neck circumference, and numerous other reasons.
Whatever the cause of your nighttime noisiness, you might benefit from a custom anti-snoring mouth guard.
- Comfortable To Use
- Often Covered By Insurance
- Easy To Clean
- Can Take Anywhere
- No Electricity Needed
Sleep Apnea Guards
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a dangerous medical condition in which a person frequently stops breathing while sleeping. Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, depression, stroke, heart attacks, and even death.
There are several types and degrees of sleep apnea, some of which require a CPAP machine to aid in your nighttime breathing. However, in many cases, your sleep apnea may be treatable with a custom mouthpiece that can keep you breathing and enable you to get a restful night’s sleep.
- Easy To Use When Traveling
- Electricity Not Required
- Quieter Than A Machine
- Reduce Snoring
Sports Mouth Guards
All kinds of athletes benefit from wearing teeth guards during training and competition. This includes contact sports like football, lacrosse, rugby, wrestling, boxing, MMA, gymnastics, surfing, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, and dozens of other activities involving falls or equipment impact.
The best sports mouth guard should be properly fitted, easy to clean, and allow unrestricted breathing and talking.
- Protect Cheeks, Lips, & Gums
- Reduce Risk Of Tooth Dislocation
- Prevent Broken Teeth
Get Custom Mouth Protection At Nevada Dentistry & Braces
If you live in the Las Vegas Valley and are a tooth grinder, have sleep apnea, or want to cushion your or your children’s mouths and teeth against sports injury, contact Nevada Dentistry & Braces today. We custom-make mouth guards and night guards to protect patients of all ages. Call us today to learn more and schedule an examination.