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Sleep Can Be Improved with Mouthguards

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Office
Sleep Can Be Improved with MouthguardsSleep apnea and bruxism are two conditions that can affect how well we sleep. While sleep apnea is the disruption of regular breathing patterns, and bruxism is the grinding of teeth, both can be alleviated through the use of a mouthguard.

How Can a Mouth Guard Help my Sleep?

A custom-fit mouthguard, designed in our dental lab to comfortably fit your teeth, can be used to push your bottom jaw down, and therefore open up your airways. Sleep apnea is most commonly caused by over-relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep, which can close the airways, and wake the individual. A mouthguard can prevent this from happening, as it causes the throat muscles to remain open throughout the night.

In terms of bruxism, a mouthguard works to prevent the teeth from grinding together. Symptoms of bruxism include worn-down teeth, headaches, and fatigue. The mouth guard works as a protective layer to prevent the teeth from wearing down and relieves any tension on the jaw that can cause headaches. Fatigue comes as a result of bruxism's constant waking of the individual, which is prevented by the mouth guard.

Having a Mouth Guard Fitted

It is recommended to have a custom-fit mouthguard, as the boil-and-bite mouthguards you can buy in sports stores do not work effectively. Custom-fit mouth guards do not slip, they protect your teeth more effectively, and are as slim as possible, meaning they are minimally disruptive. One of our team members can fit you a custom mouthguard, via a molding appointment, and allow you to experience the benefits of a good night's sleep.

Contact our office today if you are experiencing sleep issues, and we can talk you through the options available to you. Custom-fit mouth guards are a simple, effective treatment that requires no invasive procedures.

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