Mouthguards | Prevent Teeth Grinding | Snoreguards
Redland Family Dental
An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from teeth impressions to help minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep. Mouthguards are expected to be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage. They are different from athletic mouthguards in that they are much smaller and harder.
Bruxism (tooth grinding) commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.
The most common symptoms are earaches and headaches, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and chronic stress.
An estimated 80 million people in North America snore. Taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. Snoring not only interrupts your sleep cycle, it can also be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea.
Fortunately, there are cost-effective oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea that Dr. Spitze can prescribe to their patients. Traditional jaw advancement appliances, such as Silent Nite Slide-Link, TAP and EMA, help reduce or eliminate snoring by moving the lower jaw forward, opening the airway to allow air to flow more freely.
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