While you are asleep, you are not aware of the tension occurring in your jaw. This problem is more common than you may think and causes serious problems with your teeth and overall oral care. Taking steps to protect your jaw while you are asleep could solve several health issues, including trouble sleeping. A dental night guard will prevent you from grinding your teeth, a common symptom of sleep tension. This guard has several other benefits you should know.
A Dental Night Guard Reduces Pain and Jaw Tension
A common occurrence during your sleep is the clenching of your jaw. The TMJ or temporomandibular joint undergoes a significant amount of tension while you are sleeping if your jaw joint is not aligned correctly. This clenching is known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.
By wearing a dental night guard, you will reduce both the pain caused by TMD as well as the tension in your jaw. The dental night guard is specifically made to fit your teeth and will fit lightly and comfortably into your mouth. This guard will reduce the stress on your jaw joint and the muscles while you are asleep, allowing your jaw to relax.
A Dental Night Guard Allows Healthy Sleep Patterns
Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth while you are asleep is a bad habit. The dental night guard will help relieve the discomfort the unhealthy sleep patterns create. By custom-fitting the guard into your mouth, it will perfectly align your jaw into a position that will reduce the stress to your jaw. With the stress reduced, your jaw muscles can then relax. The reduction of stress to your jaw, and the ability for your muscles to relax will in turn give you a better night’s sleep. The result is you will awaken feeling much more refreshed.
A Dental Night Guard Can Save You Money
When you save damage to your teeth, you save money. Grinding damages your teeth. If you catch this habit early, you save damaging your teeth and costly dental repairs.
A Dental Night Guard Prevents Tooth Damage
A dental night guard will make sure your top teeth do not come into contact with your bottom teeth while you sleep. Teeth grinding can cause significant damage to your teeth, and most people do not even know it’s occurring while they sleep.
The grinding of your teeth causes the enamel to wear down which results in over-sensitive teeth. This grinding will also cause any fillings in your teeth to become damaged. If you damage pre-existing fillings, you will find yourself back in the dentist’s chair for needed repairs. Grinding can also cause you to chip or crack your teeth, which also need dental repairs.
A Dental Night Guard Prevents Headaches
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you are asleep can cause you to wake with a headache. These actions can also be responsible for toothaches. Other effects from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while sleeping, include:
When you have a custom-fit dental night guard made for you by Dr. Michael Quasha at Palm Beach Gardens Dentistry, you prevent clenching and grinding and reduce your risk for these painful symptoms.
Where to Find Dental Night Guard
Palm Beach Gardens Dentist, Michael Quasha DMD, has more than twenty years of experience in the dental field. You can find a full range of dental services with us including dental night guard, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and more. It is our goal to make sure you have the best smile possible.