Night Mouth Guard Mesa AZ
Did you know that your sleep habits can affect the health of both your teeth and your airway? At Timothy H. Kindt, DDS, we can assess your problem and arrange for you to have a custom-made night guard.
This can help with a variety of problems, including snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), which can cause problems sleeping as well as dental health issues.
If you continually feel tired or have aching jaws or teeth when you wake up, you may have nocturnal habits or disorders that contribute to your symptoms. Wearing a night mouth guard when you go to bed could be a simple answer to your problems, which can be helpful for a variety of conditions.
What is a Night Mouth Guard?
A night mouth guard is a retainer-like piece of soft or firm plastic. It may be worn on either the upper or lower rows of teeth. At Timothy H. Kindt, DDS, we custom fit dental night guards for our patients.
Night Mouth Guards for Bruxism
As well as causing damage to the teeth, bruxism can also lead to stiffness and pain in the jaw, tooth sensitivity, and sore gums. By wearing a mouth guard at night to separate the top and bottom teeth, friction is alleviated.
Understanding Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety, but it may be related to oral health problems, such as crooked teeth, an abnormal bite, or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. The condition causes jaw clenching or teeth grinding that can damage teeth, prosthodontics (such as crowns), and other appliances, like braces.
How Night Mouth Guards Help Prevent Bruxism
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching (bruxism) is a common condition that can be caused by stress or anxiety. It may also stem from sleep disorders like sleep apnea, crooked teeth, or an abnormal bite. The severe clenching of the jaw while sleeping could cause damage to your mouth, including
Benefits of Night Mouth Guards
Anytime you need a custom night guard to prevent tooth clenching or grinding, please contact us. You will get personalized care to help you achieve optimal dental and overall health and prevent tooth damage and jaw pain.
Helping With Snoring and Sleep Apnea
A mouth guard can also be used to help with snoring, if it is due to your airway being blocked at the back of the throat when the tongue muscles become too relaxed. When you wear a night guard, it pulls the lower jaw forward so that breathing remains unobstructed while sleeping.
Although treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is usually taken care of with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine therapy, some people cannot tolerate it. A mouth guard is a less obtrusive solution that pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open.
Protecting Teeth from Wear and Damage
The fact that you wear a nightguard while sleeping includes less ability of grinding teeth.
Reducing Jaw Pain and Tension
Dental night guards prevent headaches, reduce tension, and so lessen your suffering. You will also have better sleep habits and prevent tooth decay.
Types of Night Mouth Guards
There are three types of mouth guards you can choose from. The three types of mouth guards are the custom-fitted mouth guard, the boil and bite, and stock night guards.
Custom-Fitted Night Guards
While there are various types of mouth guards available, we believe custom-fitted night guards are the best option.
The custom-fitted mouth guard is molded by a dentist to fit your teeth perfectly, but they are more expensive than the other two types of mouth guards on the market. The good thing about a custom-made mouth guard is that it is comfortable and allows you to breathe well.
Boil-and-Bite Night Guards
The boil and bite mouth guard is made from a thermoplastic material that softens when submerged in hot water. You hold this mouth guard under hot water until it becomes soft and then place it over your teeth. You then press the mouth guard down firmly onto your teeth with your fingers and push it back to mold it around your teeth. When it cools, you have a formed mouth guard to help protect your teeth.
Stock Night Guards
The stock mouth guard is ready-made and comes in a variety of sizes. However, this type of mouth guard does not always fit well and cannot be altered by the user to make a more comfortable fit.
Night Mouth Guard Procedure
When you visit our Mesa, AZ office, you will get a personalized night guard that is suited for your specific dental formula. Dr. Kindt will shape it to fit your teeth perfectly, ensuring that it is pleasant to use.
Consultation and Examination
If you think you need a night guard to protect your teeth from bruxism, or to help open your airway, we will first schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms with you and examine your mouth and teeth.
Taking Impressions for Custom-Fitted Guards
Custom made night guards are perfectly formed to your teeth so there is no concern about the mouth guard shifting out of place or falling out of your mouth. To make these, we create a mold of the patient's teeth to give to our dental lab. The lab then forms the mouth guards material around this mold and sends the final product back to our office.
Fitting and Adjustments
We will call you in for a fitting. At our office, we can adjust the mouth guard as needed. Custom mouth guards are made of a hard material.
Night Mouth Guard Care and Maintenance
Cleaning and Storing the Mouth Guard
Your night guard requires the same hygiene routine as your teeth. You need to clean it after every use, to prevent bacterial build-up that could cause damage to your teeth or affect your general health. You can use a toothbrush for the cleaning, then put it in a well-ventilated place, such as the storage container it came in.
Regular Check-ups for Assessment
At your six month dental check ups we will ask to take a look at your mouth guard and examine it to make sure it is fitting properly. We can make any adjustments as needed.
Schedule with Your Mesa AZ Dentist Today!
Grinding your teeth while sleeping may create pain and discomfort, which is why you should stop. You will be able to prevent common dental issues this way. Our treatment approaches at Timothy H. Kindt, DDS will ensure that you enjoy your sleep while also providing pain relief. Contact us via (480) 939-5818 to speak with a dental specialist about treating and avoiding teeth grinding while sleeping. You may also schedule an appointment to begin your customized treatment plan. You do not have to endure pain and discomfort any longer when we can provide efficient remedies.
1244 N Greenfield Rd, Suite 105
Call (480) 939-5818