If you play hockey or other contact sports, you might be familiar with how vital a good mouth guard is. Although you can’t see them, the Olympic athletes you admire are all wearing mouth guards while they compete. But there’s a special type of mouth guard that we can make for you here at Annapolis Dental Care, and these are called night guards.
Why You Need Them
If you habitually grind your teeth in your sleep, this might be a compelling reason to get a night guard. Night guards can keep you from damaging your teeth while unaware of it. Because teeth grinding is painful, it could end up keeping you awake at night or even causing you to lose sleep in other ways – such as suffering insomnia.
Designed for You
Your night guards will be custom-designed for you. That way, you can be sure it will fit as comfortably as possible. You will need to wear them in your sleep so they must not slip as your mouth opens and closes. They’re quite light, so you might not even notice them after an adjustment period. When you wear them, they will help relieve the pressure on the temporomandibular joints and the muscles of your jaw.
Relaxes the Jaw
Speaking of jaw relaxation, let’s get a bit more specific. When the night guards are in just the right position, your jaw muscles shift so they can rest more comfortably. You’ll be able to inhale better, and that improved airflow will help with snoring, not to mention you can get a better night’s sleep since you can fall asleep and stay asleep, too.
Did you know that TMJ can cause headaches? If you’ve already experienced this awful condition, then you’re well aware of that fact. However, night guards can relieve these headaches, which often manifest as migraines that are so overwhelming you can’t even stand up, let alone go about your day. While sleeping off headaches or migraines is an easy solution, you might also find that TMJ affects you in other ways, such as causing your ear and neck pain that can make it challenging to find a comfy position to sleep in; this means that you’ll have even more trouble getting some sleep. When you can’t sleep, you can’t focus during the day. An inability to concentrate will interfere with tasks as simple as driving or as complex as getting your work done.
KEEP YOUR TEETH HEALTHY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and to provide the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube!