If you grind your teeth – a condition known as bruxism – you may find it hard to get a restful night's sleep. One of the most common treatment options that we recommend is a mouth guard to wear overnight. Not only will it protect your teeth from the damaging effects of nighttime grinding, but it will also improve your quality of sleep.
Relieve Headaches and Pain
Bruxism can lead to TMJ disorders, and the symptoms include toothaches, jaw muscle fatigue, headaches, and tooth sensitivity. You may also experience neck pain, earaches, and a sore jaw. All of these issues can make it hard for you to get comfortable when you lay down to sleep at night. If you don't sleep well, you could have concentration difficulties during the day, but a night guard could help. This discomfort will be improved, and you'll sleep better at night.
Relax the Jaw Muscles
The best mouth guard will be custom designed for maximum comfort. They fit the exact shape of your mouth, and they protect the teeth from damage if you grind. A good fit will help the night guard to keep your jaw in an optimal position while you sleep, and this helps the muscles of your jaw to stay relaxed. In turn, you'll get a better quality of sleep at night, especially since relaxed muscles can help to prevent snoring.
Talk to Us About Your Bruxism Concerns
If you experience headaches, jaw pain, or other issues when you wake up in the morning, bruxism may be the culprit. In that case, you should be sure to tell us about your concerns. We can create a custom mouth guard that will help you to sleep better at night.
Poor sleep can lead to many difficulties in staying productive throughout the day. Call us now to talk about now a mouth guard might help.
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