PREVENT HEADACHES AND FACIAL PAIN
A proper night guard, preferably a custom dental guard, will adjust your bite to be well-balanced. This effect will allow your jaw muscles to relax for better rest—many patients who wear one report that they feel more rested upon awakening. Night guards can dramatically improve the quality of life in those who suffer from TMD (temporomandibular disorders). They report fewer headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and facial pain.
PREVENT SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
Excessive snoring and sleep apnea can usually be traced back to a dental or oral issue. So, the best mode of treatment is to use dental or oral devices. With plenty of dental device options, Dr. Jessica Tasios of Ora Dental can recommend one right for you.
The mandibular advancement device has been widely successful in treating sleep apnea successfully. It is one of the most popular dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. Much like a sports mouthguard in appearance, the device gently encourages the bottom jaw to lower and shift forward. This helps to open the airway and improve breathing, thus preventing sleep apnea.
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SLEEP
Night guards minimize grinding and clenching to maximize comfort, thus improving your sleep patterns and giving you a better night’s sleep! A night guard will secure your jaw at its optimal position to promote deeper muscle relaxation. When these muscles are relaxed, stress is reduced, and sleep is more efficient.
PREVENT TEETH FROM SHIFTING
Teeth may seem permanently fixed, but they are prone to drift. With the regular use of a night guard, teeth are kept in place, preventing movement – much like a retainer. Older patients with bone loss or those with periodontal disease can rely on a night guard to keep teeth immobile, decelerating tooth loss.
Without a night guard, frequent grinding and clenching of the teeth and jaw can cause chipped teeth, damaged fillings, and excessive corrosion. Over the years, this type of damage can be very costly or even irreversible. With the right guard, your teeth are protected now and down the road.