Intense, troublesome snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. A snore guard is a device that fits inside the mouth to help treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and snoring with a better airflow. Adults with sleep apnea suffer from sleep disturbances and waking episodes triggering various unfortunate health issues when left untreated. If your loud snoring or teeth grinding is preventing you from getting a restful night’s sleep you may benefit from a custom-made snore guard and night guard.
TMJ is a painful condition in the jaw. You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in your mouth, one on either side, and these are the joints that you use to open or close your mouth. Every time you open your mouth to talk, chew or yawn or anything else, you are using your TMJ joints.
TMJ can stem from any number of things like gum chewing, teeth grinding or other things. And it can lead to so many problems, like sore jaw, headaches, pain in the face, neck or shoulders, and sometimes even earaches and dizziness.
If your jaw aches on most mornings, you might be clenching your jaw or gnashing your teeth while you sleep. Some people also experience distressing headaches and toothaches. This condition is called bruxism. Bruxism can affect adults and children alike.
A high-quality, custom-made night-guard that you wear on your teeth while you sleep, prevents you from grinding your teeth and this can help soothe the side effects of bruxism.
If you choose not to wear a night guard but continue grinding your teeth, you risk severely harming your teeth and jaw. That could lead to the need for cosmetic dental work such as veneers or crowns, especially if you cause damage to permanent teeth.
Mouthguards are recommended for all activities where you may make any contact or fall. A helmet alone is not enough to protect the teeth. Athletes in many sports need custom-made mouthguards to protect their teeth from getting broken, chipped or, worse, knocked out and to reduce the risk of soft tissue or jawbone injuries.