Everyone grinds their teeth, but the amount of grinding or clenching their teeth varies from person to person and day to day.
There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism. One of the most common is a custom nightguard. This is an appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night. Custom made nightguards, are made from an impression or mold of your teeth. We recommend a custom made nightguard over store-bought because the custom nightguard is of a higher quality and has a superior fit. The fit is critical in maintaining a balanced bite in order to prevent other issues. Regardless of where a night guard is purchased, its main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles. Some people with more complex jaw issues resulting from clenching or grinding may be recommended a different set of splints to treat the jaw as well as protect the surfaces of the teeth.
Whether it’s your husband, wife, bed partner or a friend, we all know someone who snores. Snoring is not only disruptive, but more importantly can be a sign of a serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more breathing interruptions or blockages while you sleep. In the condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the throat can close, leading to cessation of breathing. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds.” People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night, sometimes for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea affects 25 million Americans of all ages.
Diagnosis often begins with a sleep study ordered by your physician. If the study determines you have obstructive sleep apnea, an oral apnea device may be recommended. We will work with your physician as part of the medical team in your diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care to design a device appropriate for you. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA. These treatments include general health, weight management, surgery, or CPAP.