NIGHT AND SNORE GUARDS
Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. Meanwhile, snoring can impact the quality of your own sleep and that of those around you. To help our patients most comfortably avoid this, we customize snore and night guards to their bite. One type of night guard acts as a cushion between the top and bottom dental arches while the other creates more space between the front teeth to prevent the top and lower jaw from touching. Snore prevention mouth pieces look similar, but instead of acting as a cushion or spacer, they keep the lower jaw forward, thereby preventing pressure on the larynx.
What are the causes of teeth grinding?
Stress or anxiety
Obstructive sleep apnea
Certain medications or recreational drugs
What are the causes of snoring?
Sleeping on your back
When the larynx is compressed by a relaxed jaw
Large tonsils or a long soft palate
If you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw or teeth and think you may be grinding, come in for a consultation. Dr. Wallace will discuss with you the etiology of your disease process and will help you determine if an occlusal guard would help your case.