If you are currently struggling with snoring at night, dealing with fatigue all day, or have a habit of grinding your teeth - a mouthguard may help you with these troubles. These problems are relatively common among people and the treatment might be easier than you initially think. At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want our patients to have a great smile and positive quality of life throughout their day. We will be going over how a mouthguard can help with two common conditions for people suffering from mild cases.
Mouthguards for Bruxism
People who grind their teeth frequently are diagnosed with bruxism. The answer to why someone might grind or clench their teeth depends on the individual - but for a lot of people, it can be due to stress. As for teeth grinding at night, it could be due to muscle memory or teeth that are missing or crooked. Whatever the case may be, for many people, a custom mouthguard has helped them prevent damage to their teeth.
A mouthguard that is meant to protect teeth against bruxism is similar to a sports mouthguard in the way it fits. It is placed on the top teeth to prevent them from coming in contact with the bottom set of teeth. It is quite an efficient solution for those with a mild case of bruxism. We recommend getting a custom mouthguard from us so that the mouthpiece is able to sit comfortably without shifting around. Over-the-counter mouthguards will not be created specifically for your set of teeth which can result in discomfort and misalignment.
Mouthguards for Sleep Apnea/Snoring
Snoring is a difficult nighttime situation - both for the people around it and the person who is involuntarily doing it. But there may be deeper problems than what appears on the surface.
The condition that causes snoring and daytime fatigue is known as sleep apnea. This is caused by the airway in the throat becoming tight when the muscles relax - and due to the brain not receiving enough oxygen to survive, it will switch to an awake state for a brief moment that is enough to wake the person up for just long enough to let air in but not long enough for them to realize they are awake.
Even if you don’t necessarily have sleep apnea, a mouthpiece can help with snoring in general. These differ from bruxism mouthguards - the function for mouthguards that help treat sleep apnea is to push both the lower jaw and tongue forward to open up the airway and allow enough oxygen to get through. And much like with bruxism, a mouthguard can effectively solve the problem for mild cases of this condition. We also recommend a custom mouthguard for this purpose for similar reasons to getting a custom bruxism mouthguard.
You Can Talk To Us About A New Mouthguard
If this page has related to you in any way, we can help you improve your quality of life and protect your teeth. At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want everyone to have healthy teeth and good health through oral care. You can call our office at 704-629-8081 with your questions or schedule an appointment with us.