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You are probably aware that mouthguards are worn by sportsmen and women to protect their teeth, gums, and jaws while they are taking part in activities that could cause injury to the mouth. However, mouthguards can also be worn at night to protect your teeth from clenching or grinding (bruxism), alleviate snoring, and reduce obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Bruxism is a disorder that causes people to suffer when they grind or clench their teeth while they are asleep. Not only can the disorder cause damage to the teeth, but it can also cause pain and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, sore gums, and increased tooth sensitivity. It may also exclude people with this issue from some prosthodontic dental treatments because of the damage the condition causes.
Wearing a mouthguard separates the top and bottom teeth and alleviates the friction that can wear down and damage the teeth. It also helps with improving your sleep at night.
Night mouthguards may be useful in reducing snoring but are not necessarily a cure-all as it depends on the reasons why you are snoring. For example, if you snore because you have a blocked nose, it may be that you have a deviated septum, then a mouthguard is likely to be of little use. However, if your snoring is caused because the tongue muscles become too relaxed and blocking airflow at the back of the throat then a mouthguard could be the solution.
A night mouthguard is custom-made to fit over the top and bottom teeth and works by pulling the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway at the throat open. This then alleviates the snoring, clenching, or grinding at night when wearing it.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder where a sufferer intermittently stops breathing while they are asleep. It may last for a few seconds or considerably longer and may occur hundreds of times during the night.
Depriving the brain of oxygen, the disorder increases the risk of stroke or heart disease. Also, sufferers do not get good quality sleep, leaving them feeling tired and groggy, but the long-term effects of sleep deprivation include weight gain, anxiety, and depression.
Sleep apnea is typically treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) which keeps the airway open while you sleep. While many people (and their long-suffering partners) have benefited greatly from CPAP, some find it difficult to get used to. Whether it is the noise of the machine, having to wear a mask, feeling claustrophobic, becoming entangled in the hose, or difficulty dealing with side-effects, such as a stuffy nose or dry mouth, not using the machine is hardly an ideal scenario.
This is where a mouthguard may offer a solution. A mouthguard works by pushing the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway open.
We offer custom-made mouthguards that are designed to fit the structure of your mouth and teeth. They may take a little getting used to but are generally comfortable and secure, enabling you to have a sound night’s sleep.
See how our sleep disorder experts at HomeTown Dental at Irving can help you. Schedule an appointment by calling (682) 204-5777.