Mouthguards for Night
Mouthguards for nighttime or “night guards” are a specific type of mouthguards designed specially to be worn at night. This type of mouthguard is extremely common and can be used to help with a variety of conditions. They can help with conditions that affect both sleep quality and overall health. For example, they can help you to stop grinding your teeth during the night, which then reduces your risk of dental problems related to grinding. Nightguards are easy and comfortable. They will help prevent more oral dental issues and can even help you get restful sleep again. Schedule an appointment today by contacting us at Cherry Hill Dental Smiles.
Why are they important?
The scientific name for teeth grinding is Bruxism. This is a common condition that occurs during your night of sleep. Simply, it is when a person grinds their teeth together when sleeping. This will cause their jaw to clench and experience a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, headaches or tooth and jaw pain. Nightguards are one of the ways that help prevent teeth grinding as the guards get in between the teeth to protect them. This provides a cushion for your teeth and will alleviate a lot of symptoms.
Furthermore, night guards are used in the case of sleep apnea and other issues that are related such as snoring. This guard moves your lower tongue and jaw forward to open your airway. Custom-fitted night guards are especially helpful with this and we recommend only using a custom mouthguard for this type of issue. There are a couple of other styles of custom mouthguards but are mainly for more severe issues. These include a guard with a strap although even basic night guards are able to fix this issue.
Types of nightguards
After consultation with your dentist, they will recommend a specific style based on the severity of your condition. There are specific guards designed for specific issues in mind such as snoring, teeth grinding (Bruxism) and sleep apnea. Your dental office will have different options for custom-fitted guards and will discuss the differences between them with you in the office.
We recommend always using custom-fitted mouthguards, but there are a few different types that will also do the trick. Over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards are not form-fitted and typically have a generic shape. These are the cheapest options. Boil and bite guards soften in hot water which allows them to mold to your teeth. These are a bit more costly but also more beneficial.
At your first consultation, the dentist will discuss your symptoms with you. They will then get a mold of your teeth and mouth using a liquid-filled U-shaped tray. This liquid solution will harden so that it can get a mold of your teeth. Your dentist will explain the entire process before they do anything. After they get the mold, they will send the impression to their lab so the mouthguard can be processed. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. After the mouthguard is back from the lab, the dentist will show you how to properly wear it while you sleep. They will also show you how to clean it and take care of it when it is not in your mouth. Please contact Cherry Hill Dental Smiles by calling 856-528-7177 today. We can take care of all your mouthguard needs.