Fairfax Corner Dental
Dentists located in Fairfax, VA
Night guards are one of the easiest, least invasive ways to help prevent snoring and teeth grinding. At Fairfax Corner Dental, Dr. Chang Yi and Dr. Negar Tehrani can fit you with an appropriate mouthguard so you experience fewer troubles while you sleep. Call or click the “book now” option to schedule a consultation at the Fairfax, Virginia, office.
Night Guard & Snore Guard Q & A
Why do people wear mouthguards at night?
The two most common reasons why adults and children wear mouthguards at night are to prevent snoring or reduce grinding.
Snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea when the throat muscles relax and collapse. Special mouthguards can prevent snoring by pulling the lower jaw and tongue forward. This jaw position opens up the airways.
If you clench and grind your teeth -- known as bruxism -- while you sleep, you can use a mouthguard to protect your enamel. A night guard may also relieve the side effects of TMJ disorder.
What are signs that I might need a snore or night guard?
You may not even be aware that you snore or grind your teeth until a partner or dentist informs you. The following signs may indicate a problem with snoring or grinding:
- Loved ones tell you that you snore
- You wake up feeling unrested and fatigued
- You wake up with a sore jaw
- You have TMJ disorder
- You experience morning headaches
- Signs of wear show on your teeth
Are night mouthguards necessary?
Night mouthguards aren’t mandatory, but they can be beneficial. Some of the significant advantages of night mouthguards include:
- Better sleep for you and your partner
- Preservation of your tooth enamel
- Less risk of tooth damage such as cracks and chips
- Decreased pressure and pain in the jaw
If you don’t want to wear a mouthguard at night, you do have other treatment options for sleep apnea, snoring, and bruxism. Consult with your doctor and the professionals at Fairfax Corner Dental to discuss your concerns.
How do I get fitted for a night mouthguard?
Your provider at Fairfax Corner Dental looks at your medical and dental history, medication list, and dental exam results to accurately assess your snoring or bruxism. If they decide a mouthguard would benefit you, they schedule an appointment for a fitting.
During your fitting, your dentist takes measurements and impressions of your bite to customize the bite guard. Then, they send these to the lab where your mouthguard is made.
The lab creates the mouthguard and sends it back, and you return to your dentist to get fitted. Your professional, custom-fitted mouthguard provides superior protection for your teeth.
To learn more about custom-made mouthguards for snoring or bruxism, call the Fairfax, Virginia, office or book an appointment online for a consultation today.
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