Gilbert Dentist, Dr. Morris Oswald Offers Night Guards For Patients
Good dental care doesn't just involve regularly brushing and flossing and visiting your Gilbert dentist. Now you can ensure the health of your teeth without even being awake!
Night guards are a way to make sure your teeth are protected while you sleep, and they can be used for a number of reasons:
- Bruxism (Clenching)
- Sore or painful jaw
If you experience any of these symptoms, there are several night guard options available. When you come in to our Gilbert office, we can help you choose the right one. Here are some commonly used guards:
Thermo-Guard night guards are composed of an elastic acrylic resin material and are thinner than traditional guards. They are self-adjusting and just need to be heated under warm water to mold to teeth. They're also very comfortable and require fewer adjustments.
The NTI appliance is a tension suppression system, which means that it stops teeth from clenching. The small plastic device is worn over the two front teeth to prevent contact of the canines and molars. The object is to relax the muscles involved in grinding and clenching, which will help alleviate issues related to Temporomandibular (TMJ). TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint as well as the muscles that control jaw movement.
In addition to teeth and jaw-related issues, there are night guards that can help with other problems. Silent Nite is a thin and comfortable device that can prevent the unhealthy effects of snoring as well as sleep apnea.
Silent Nite uses S-shaped connectors attached to upper and lower trays to position the jaw forward. This increases the airway space and also decreases air velocity and soft tissue vibration. The trays that the connectors are attached to are made of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is both durable and BPA-free.
Silent Nite has many other benefits, including minimizing stiff jaw joints and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
At Red Canyon Dentistry, we work with a doctor who performs studies for sleep apnea treatment. If you've been plagued by this condition, you can come in to our Gilbert office to explore your options.
In addition to looking good, we want you to feel good. If you believe that you can benefit from a night guard, we can give you all of the information you need.