Having a sleep disorder can seriously affect your quality of life. Whether it has caused damage to your teeth or results in chronic fatigue, it is important that you receive treatment so you can get back to enjoying your life. With that in mind, our professionals at Smile Island Pediatric & Adult Dental Group offer a full array of oral health-related treatments, including the creation of custom nighttime mouth guards.
These guards are made using a mold of your teeth. One of our skilled professionals will make sure that this mold is an exact representation of your smile. They will then send it to a lab, where your custom night guard is produced within a couple of weeks. We will let you know when your guard is ready and get you the relief you need.
What Is a Nighttime Mouth Guard Used For?
While they look very similar to a sports mouth guard, these devices are used to treat a variety of sleep-related oral health conditions. One of the most common uses of a mouth guard is to treat bruxism or teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth can shear away precious enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay or sensitivity.
When you wear a mouth guard during your sleep cycle, it acts as a barrier between your upper and lower set of teeth. This guard can prevent damage and keep your teeth looking great. It often reduces jaw soreness as well as gently repositions your jaw joint to alleviate stress.
Another condition that can be treated with a nighttime mouth guard is obstructive sleep apnea. This form of apnea results in your airway becoming blocked while you sleep. It is due to the muscles in your throat or roof of your mouth involuntarily relaxing, which will cause interruptions in breathing during your sleep cycle. Sleep apnea can be very dangerous, as it hinders your brain from getting an adequate amount of oxygen.
A mouth guard helps by repositioning your jaw and keeping your airway open. Some mouth guards also have an added device that will prevent your tongue from obstructing your airway. They are comfortable and easy to use, providing you the relief you need for a safer night of sleep.
How Long Do They Last?
The lifespan of your nighttime mouth guard will depend on what condition it is being used to treat. If you have severe bruxism, your mouthguard may need to be replaced in as little as six months. This is because your teeth grinding can damage the guard and shear away the protective material. As it gets thinner, it will not adequately protect you from damage.
Mouthguards used for sleep apnea often last much longer, up to for three years or more. Regardless of which mouth guard you need, it is important to bring it with you to your regular oral exams. Our team can inspect it and let you know when it is time for a replacement.
There is no need to endure your oral health conditions alone. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or bruxism, we can help. Our professionals at Smile Island Pediatric & Adult Dental Group can fit you for a nighttime mouth guard and protect your smile. Call us today at to schedule your appointment.