People that suffer from bruxism or grinding of your teeth while you sleep as well as sleep apnea can significantly benefit from using a night guard. If you grind your teeth at night, it can lead to several dental issues such as: soreness of your muscles, higher teeth sensitivity, more wearing of the chewing surfaces of your molars, as well as a restless sleep. With sleep apnea, it can be dangerous to stop breathing. That is why here at Smile Doctors we offer custom-made night guards to help you get a restful night and keep your teeth protected.
Depending on each patient’s case, a custom-made night guard can be created to treat bruxism and sleep apnea. Night guards can be made slightly hard, using a clear plastic or a more rubbery plastic material depending on what feels more comfortable for you but also what will be more effective.
To get a custom-made night guard created, your doctor has to first create a mold of your upper and lower teeth. These molds will be sent to a lab where your custom night guard will be created using your teeth measurements to ensure the best fit possible. Once your night guard is ready, you can come in and try it on to see if it fits properly or if it needs adjusting. Once it’s ready, you can start wearing it during the nights. It might take a few days for your mouth to adjust to the night guard usually, there is more salivation or drooling. Wash and brush your night guard every morning after using it to keep it clean and avoid chewing on it.
If you are interested in getting a night guard or want more information about this device give us a call to schedule your appointment today at (916) 575-7536 or visit us at Smile Doctors at 8143 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX 77055.