Why Do You Need a Snore Guard?
About 15% of people have the habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws. This condition is called bruxism (or Jaw Clenching).
Since most people do it in their sleep, it often goes undetected until a family member hears the grinding sound or a dentist notices symptoms. If bruxism is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated before it causes significant damage to the teeth.
What kind of symptoms might I be experiencing?
If you suffer from bruxism, this can lead to sensitive teeth, chipped teeth, broken fillings, eroded gums and eventual supporting bone loss. Most often bruxism is related to some kind of stress. At Lifepath Wellness Dental, we offer multiple solutions for patients suffering from bruxism.
Bruxism can also cause headaches, jaw pain, and earaches. These symptoms are more commonly referred to as a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder or dysfunction. When diagnosed early, bruxism and TMJ disorders can be treated before they cause damage to teeth, and many patients notice an immediate reduction in their symptoms after starting splint therapy.
After an extensive exam and patient history, we will formulate a plan to help resolve bruxism issues. Our office can evaluate your symptoms, devise a treatment plan, and work with you to relieve the discomfort of bruxism.
What Are My Snore Guard Options?
Snore guards come in two varieties: over the counter and custom. If you have worn teeth or sore jaw joints, night-guards may be the solution. Custom nightguards are made with maximum fit and comfort in mind and will prevent your upper and lower teeth from mutual destruction if you are grinding your teeth during sleep.
Patients who suffer from Bruxism are advised to speak with their dentist about the benefits of a Snore Guard.
It is important to do some research on what type of Snore Guard would be best for you. If you’re unsure about your options, come in and book a consultation, where we can assess your needs and determine which guard would benefit you the most.
To care for your Snore Guard:
- Ensure that your Snore Guard is cleaned before and after each use with cold water and a toothbrush.
- On occasion, it is important to clean the Snore Guard in cool, soapy water, rinsing it thoroughly after each cleaning.
- For transportation, store your snore guard in a firm, perforated container. This will permit air circulation and prevent damage.
- Keep the snore guard out of hot temperatures, such as hot water, direct sunlight, or heated surfaces – this will minimize the distortion of its shape.
- Your snore guard will experience general wear throughout its use. If you see any holes, tears or if it becomes uncomfortable to wear, replace it.
- Bring the snore guard to each regularly scheduled dental visit to have your dentist exam it.