Alleviate Bruxism with a Night Guard
It’s not uncommon for people to grind their teeth or clench their jaws during their sleep, especially when they’re feeling stressed or anxious. If you suffer from bruxism, you’re causing damage to your enamel and flattening your teeth. Many people who deal with bruxism may not even be aware of the habit due to not being awake while it’s occurring.
Fortunately, Dr. Villalobos offers customized night guards to help protect your teeth and stop the occurrence of teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Discover more with our guide below.
What Is a Night Guard?
Night guards, also known as mouthguards, are customized appliances that work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, your night guard works to help lighten the tension and give a cushion to your jaw muscles. The added cushioning not only eases and prevents face and jaw pain but also protects the valuable enamel of your teeth. They also help decrease the possibility of developing oral health problems such as chipped or worn down teeth, irritated gums, or jaw pain.
Your Personalized Treatment With Dr. Villalobos
Here at our Jupiter dental office, Dr. Villalobos will curate an individual treatment plan to help relieve your nighttime bruxism. With a custom-made night guard, you’ll be able to sleep soundly through the night without damaging your teeth or keeping your bed partner up.
To receive your personalized night guard, you’ll visit our Jupiter office for a consultation where Dr. Villalobos will take impressions of your teeth. This ensures that your oral appliance fits perfectly and comfortably in your mouth. Your night guard is made from durable material that’s designed to last up to 10 years if properly cared for.
Alternative Solutions for Bruxism
In addition to a night guard, Dr. Villalobos may also recommend other ways to help alleviate your stress and stop you from grinding your teeth. Ceratin lifestyle changes and treatment methods you can try include:
- Relaxing your mouth
- Massaging your jaw
- Refraining from chewing or biting on objects
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
- Taking a warm bath before bed
Caring for Your Night Guard
Taking good care of your custom oral appliance is essential in protecting it from damage and maximizing its longevity. To get the most out of your night guard, we recommend following these guidelines:
- Always brush and floss your teeth before putting in your night guard.
- Rinse your night guard with cold water or mouthwash before placing it as well as after taking it out. Avoid using hot water.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean your oral appliance.
- Bring your oral appliance with you to your dental appointments so we can make sure that it fits and functions properly.
- Store your night guard in a hard container with ventilation for protection and allow it to fully dry between uses.
It’s important to remember that your night guard isn’t designed to last forever. Replace your oral appliance as soon as you see any holes or signs of wear and tear, or every two to three years.
Frequently Asked Questions
A well-fitted, custom-made night guard will cover most of your teeth, except for the back molars. Dr. Villalobos will have a dental lab design your oral appliance for your jaw after taking impressions of your teeth during your consultation. Wearing these night guards at night will help protect your smile from future damage and allow you to live without any pain.
Bruxism can occur during any stage of the sleep cycle, but generally, a person will experience it in the earlier stages. It’s most common in stage N1 or N2 and least common during REM sleep. It’s important to seek out professional treatment for your bruxism so you can have a good night’s sleep and even better oral health.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you grind your teeth during sleep, we have the solution for you! Dr. Villalobos creates custom night guards to help patients alleviate bruxism and protect their smiles. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Villalobos, call our Jupiter office at (561) 744-0677. You can also fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.