What are night guards?
If you wake up with a throbbing and tender jaw in the morning, you might grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you sleep. Some people also experience distressing headaches and toothaches, as well. This is a condition called bruxism, which affects both adults and children.
Dr. Ford can help soothe the side effects of bruxism by making a special night guard that you wear on your teeth while you sleep. After the dental team takes an impression of your teeth, they create a night guard that's specially made to fit your teeth and mouth. Since the night guard is tailor-made for you, it's comfortable enough to wear while you sleep and prevents you from grinding your teeth.
Choose not to wear a night guard but continue to grind your teeth at night? Over time, you run the risk of damaging your teeth. You might find yourself in need of veneers, crowns, or other cosmetic dental work, especially if your permanent teeth are damaged.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Constant snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. When it's associated with this disorder, snoring isn't the primary cause for worry. The numerous problems that snoring can trigger are the real concern. Adults with sleep apnea often suffer from unrefreshing, fitful sleep and insomnia that, if left untreated, could lead to grave health problems.
If you grind your teeth or snore loudly enough to interrupt your sleep, the experienced team at Fuller Smiles can help you sleep better and feel better with custom dental snore guards and night guards. Call Fuller Smiles today or request a consultation online.