What Are Custom Oral Appliances?
Custom oral appliances help people with health and safety issues. Mouthguards protect athletes' teeth from sports-related damage. Nightguards prevent patients from grinding their teeth. Sleep apnea appliances treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Benefits of Custom Oral Appliances
Custom oral appliances are appropriate in various situations. Here are several benefits of our custom oral appliances:
Mouthguards are essential for child athletes and anyone who plays a contact sport. Sports injuries are a major cause of dental trauma. Getting a mouthguard prevents broken teeth and the expensive dental work needed to repair them.
Custom oral appliances for sleep apnea allow you to get a much better night's sleep. You will be more rested and awake in the morning with fewer rounds of waking during the night.
Sleep apnea appliances lessen snoring, addressing the patient's need for restorative sleep.
These devices are non-invasive and more comfortable than CPAP machines that provide continuous positive airway pressure to keep the airway open.
Bruxism or teeth grinding is a major problem that could contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. It also weakens teeth and could cause premature breakage, cracks, and infections. Night guards made by a dentist are better quality than those you can buy over the counter.
Are You a Good Candidate for Custom Oral Appliances?
Children and people who play contact sports should always wear a mouthguard to protect their smiles. Dentists can fit these appliances properly and make sure they are safe.
If you have jaw or tooth pain in the morning when you wake up or notice excessive wear on your teeth, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Call us to make an appointment to get a night guard.
Finally, if you have sleep apnea, a custom oral appliance may be all you need to remedy your problem and get a good night's sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions About Custom Oral Appliances
How do I know if I need a sleep apnea appliance?
You may wake up feeling like you need to gasp for air. You may be tired and sluggish in the morning. Your breathing may start and stop during the night. Your partner or a family member may tell you about your snoring.
How does bruxism (tooth grinding) aggravate TMJ?
Imbalanced joints can bring on TMJ in the jaw. The problem feeds on itself because TMJ pain makes people clench their teeth. If you grind your teeth, you may wear them down to the point where your jaw becomes out of balance.
How does an appliance for sleep apnea work?
Oral appliances for sleep apnea prevent the tongue and soft tissues in the throat from blocking the airway. With a clearer airway, patients can get better quality sleep.