If you’ve ever played sports, you’ve likely worn a mouthguard or seen another player wear one. You may think of mouthguards only as protection against dental trauma, but did you know they can treat other issues too? For example, if you’re having problems with a sleep disorder like sleep apnea or nocturnal teeth grinding, our team can help.
Silent Nite® Mouthguards
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea and snore, wearing a mouthguard at night can make a huge difference. Silent Nite mouthguards are comfortable, flexible, and thin, so it’s easy to sleep through the night while wearing one. The mouthguard shifts your lower jaw forward, which keeps your airway from collapsing and disrupting your breathing and sleep patterns. We use impressions of your mouth when making your mouthguard so it will be a custom fit.
Nocturnal Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding often occurs in people with sleep apnea, but sometimes it occurs on its own. Known as “bruxism,” teeth grinding can cause health issues like earaches, headaches, teeth damage, and jaw dysfunction. It can also interrupt a good night’s sleep. We can create a custom mouthguard to act as cushion between our teeth. A mouthguard won’t stop the underlying cause of teeth grinding, but it does protect your teeth.
To address the underlying cause of your teeth grinding, we also recommend consulting with your primary healthcare provider. You may benefit from an exercise routine, professional therapy, daily meditation, anti-anxiety medication, and other relaxation treatments.
Custom Mouthguards in Farmington, AR
At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we offer custom mouthguards to treat chronic migraines, protect from teeth grinding, improve sleep, reduce jaw pain, and protect from sports trauma. If you have any questions about the benefits of our custom mouthguards, please contact us today. We would be thrilled to hear from you!