Night Guards and Sports Mouth Guards
Perfect treatment for grinding, sports/protection, snoring or sleep apnea.
For Grinding (Bruxism)
It’s a common habit, but you may not know you’re doing it. Bruxism—the subconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth—is your body telling you something about life in the fast lane.
Stress causes bruxism and it can happen night or day. Unless you find a way to relax, you may chip your teeth, wear chewing surfaces, and damage existing tooth restorations. Or you can experience clicking or sore jaw joint (located in front of the ear, the jaw joint is commonly known as TMJ—Temporomandibular Joint) and morning headaches.
If you have these symptoms‚ or your spouse is complaining about the noise-we can protect your teeth with a night guard. This clear piece of plastic is customized to fit over the biting surfaces of the teeth. It helps to relieve jaw tension and reduce tooth wear.
But a change in lifestyle is the only cure for bruxism. Along with the night guard, we’ll suggest ways to help reduce stress, or refer you to a local clinic.
Athletes wear knee pads, shoulder pads, chest protectors, helmets, gloves, mitts, special shoes, you name it. But while they’re busy protecting their bodies, many athletes forget to guard one of the most vulnerable areas—the mouth and teeth!
A mouth guard should be worn during most sports activities—especially when a lot of contact is involved: football, basketball, baseball, hockey. Mouth guards not only help prevent tooth loss and damage, but they may block bruising of the lips and cheeks as well.
Although you can buy mouth guards over the counter at sporting goods and drug stores, Canadian Dental Association recommends having yours custom-fitted. It’s more comfortable (so you actually wear it), allows for easier breathing and speaking, and offers the best protection.
For Snoring/Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder with fairly benign symptoms—loud snoring at night, and morning headaches or daytime bouts of sleepiness. The cause? Intermittent periods throughout sleep when an individual actually stops breathing.
Breathing cessation, or apnea, lasts from seconds to nearly a minute. When breathing resumes—the brain senses lack of oxygen and wakes you up—snoring is loud, sometimes explosive. In the morning, the build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood causes headaches. And the lack of deep, relaxing sleep has you drowsy, and usually grouchy, during the day.
During sleep apnea, the upper air passages in the mouth and throat obstruct (no one is sure why). One form of treatment is wearing a night guard during sleep to reposition the jaw and keep air passages open. It’s comfortable and easy to use.