Mouthguards Worn at Night
Nightguards are a specific type of mouthguard designed to be worn overnight. These are common among our patients since they can be used for a variety of reasons. They can help to treat conditions that affect both your sleep quality and overall health. For instance, they can stop you from grinding your teeth throughout the night, which reduces your risk of related dental problems. Nightguards are both comfortable and easy to use. HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth will explain nightguard options and help you get back your restful sleep.
Why Nightguards Are Important
A common condition that many patients have is Bruxism which is when you grind your teeth together while you are sleeping. This causes your jaw to clench and you can experience a variety of symptoms like tooth and jaw pain, fatigue, and headaches. Nightguards are used to prevent teeth grinding as they get in between the rows of teeth so they cannot touch. This provides a cushion for your teeth and helps to alleviate a lot of these symptoms.
Nightguards are also used in the case of sleep apnea and other related issues, such as snoring. Nightguards move your lower jaw and tongue forward to open your airway. Custom-fitted nightguards are especially helpful with this. Opening your airway can prevent breathing trouble while you sleep, which often causes snoring, fatigue, and other health issues. There are a few styles of nightguards, and some more severe cases may require a strap to help it reposition the jaw. Although, even basic nightguards are capable of this.
Types of Nightguards
Our dentist will recommend a specific nightguard style based on your condition. For instance, nightguards can be designed with specific issues in mind, such as snoring, teeth grinding, and sleep apnea. We have custom-fitted nightguards available which can be molded to your mouth. These are usually the most expensive but are also the most beneficial.
Other nightguard styles include over the counter (OTC) and boil and bite. OTC nightguards are not fitted and have a very generic shape. These are the cheapest option. Boil and bite nightguards soften in hot water to allow them to be molded to your teeth. These are a little more costly, but also slightly more beneficial. Of course, our dentist can also help you mold boil and bite nightguards if you have trouble.
At your initial consult, you will discuss your symptoms with our dentist. After this, we will get a mold using a liquid-filled U-shaped tray. This liquid hardens slightly so that it molds to your teeth, but it is still easily removed. There are different materials that can be used, so the time it takes to set may be different for each patient. Our dentist will explain the whole procedure before it begins.
After we have this impression (mold), we will send it to our lab so that your nightguard can be processed. The impression is filled with a liquid that will set and replicate your teeth. Our lab can then custom fit a nightguard to your dental impression. It typically takes a few weeks for this entire process to be completed. If you would like to speak to us about getting a nightguard, contact HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at 682-516-3532 now.