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Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard at Night

Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard at Night

Millions of Americans alone are affected by bruxism, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders that affect their daily lives. Our dental team offers several different customized treatment plans for individuals suffering from different sleep disorders. Continue reading to learn more about these disorders and how a custom mouthguard can ease your suffering.

What Is Sleep Bruxism?

Sleep bruxism causes an individual to grind or clench their teeth while they are sleeping. Sleep bruxism symptoms include tooth pain or sensitivity, loose, chipped, or worn-down teeth, pain in the neck, jaw, and face, headaches, and earaches. Individuals with sleep bruxism may also have a difficulty opening and closing their jaw as well as fatigue and tight muscles. An increased risk of damage to teeth is a major concern for these individuals. Studies have shown that children are more susceptible to sleep bruxism than adults. Different things can cause this to occur in children including problems with the jaw alignment, pain from teething, stress, or other medical conditions. Fortunately, most children can grow out of it.

Custom Oral Mouthguard Solution

Our dental team can create custom oral mouthguards that are fitted to each individual patient. This appliance helps to prevent the teeth from damaging each other while they grind or clench. We can create an impression of your teeth and send the results into a lab where they can custom a mouthguard for each patient. Some individuals may opt for an oral appliance. This device helps to leave the airway open while they are sleeping. Contact your dentist to see which treatment with a mouthguard or oral appliance is right for you. We are eager to ease your suffering!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.