Alleviate Bruxism with a Night Guard
Oftentimes, people clench or grind their teeth when they’re stressed or anxious, causing major damage to their enamel. Also known as bruxism, a sufferer will also excessively grind their teeth while they’re sleeping but won’t necessarily be aware of it.
Night guards are typically worn to help protect your teeth from further damage and to stop you from grinding and clenching while asleep. It’s also important to address your nighttime bruxism in order to decrease your risk of future dental problems such as chipped or worn down teeth, irritated gums, or jaw pain.
Dr. Villalobos can help identify your complications and offer you a customized dental appliance to stop your bruxism.
Creating a Personalized Treatment
Here at our Jupiter dental office, Dr. Villalobos will curate an individual treatment plan to help relieve your nighttime bruxism. With a specially made night guard, you’ll be able to sleep through the night without harming your teeth or keeping your sleep partner up.
A night guard looks just like a mouth guard worn by athletes, and it helps provide a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. Every night guard is created after Dr. Villalobos takes impressions of your teeth during a consultation. This will ensure your dental mouthguard fits comfortably and sits precisely over your teeth.
Made of durable material, night guards are designed to last up to 10 years, offering you a long-term solution for your bruxism.
Alternative Solutions for Bruxism
Dr. Villalobos might also recommend to you additional ways to alleviate your stress and stop you from grinding. Certain lifestyle changes and treatment methods you can try include:
- Relaxing your mouth
- Massaging your jaw
- Refraining from chewing gum or biting on objects
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
- Taking a warm bath before bed
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If your sleep partner has noticed you dring your teeth at night or you suspect it yourself, then don’t wait to give our Jupiter office a call. Dr. Villalobos can get you in for a consultation and examine the condition of your mouth to determine whether or not you suffer from bruxism. Schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of ways you can help stop your bruxism at night. The first, most effective solution is a customized night guard. Dr. Villalobos can have one made just for you after a consultation to help reduce your nighttime grinding.
Additional ways you can stop bruxism at night are:
- Learn new habits
- Give yourself a massage
- Seek help
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Don’t chew on gum or hard objects
A well-fitted and custom-made night guard will cover most of your teeth, except your back molars. Dr. Villalobos will have a dental lab design a mouthguard 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 at any stage of sleep, but generally, a person will experience it in the earlier stages. It is most common in stage N1 and N2 and least common during REM sleep.
It’s important to receive proper treatment for your bruxism so you can have both a good night’s sleep and even better dental health.