Millions of Americans alone are affected by bruxism, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders that affect their daily lives. Our dental team at Edinburg Family Dentistry 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.
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.
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!