A patient with a nightguardThere are many things that people do at night that can affect their teeth. This in and of itself is problematic. How are you supposed to know that you have a bad habit when you are asleep? Here at Select Care Dental, we have certain things that we will look for during a routine exam that will help us to know if you have one of these bad habits. Your spouse can also help to fill in the blanks a little bit. Often, a mouthguard will be recommended to help you to stop some of these problems. Here are some of the things that you might do while you are sleeping, and the way that a mouthguard might help.

Common Sleep Problems

Here are a few of the things that you might do in your sleep that a mouthguard could help with. Remember to talk to us first, do not buy a mouthguard and expect for the issue to go away. We need to know what is going on.

Bruxism is the grinding of the teeth. This can happen both during the day and also at night. If you grind your teeth at night, they will wear down over time. We will look to see if your teeth have leveled off or if they are all extra smooth on top. If you grind your teeth at night, you might end up with jaw pain or a headache in the morning. A mouthguard at night will keep your teeth in place and could help to end your grinding.

Like grinding, many people clench their teeth in their sleep. Symptoms are similar to grinding, you could wake up with jaw pain or a headache. Clenching your teeth could damage your jaw, but a mouthguard at night could help you to stop.

One common problem that is bad for both the sleeper and his or her spouse is snoring. Sometimes the snoring takes place because of the tissue inside the mouth. A mouthguard will keep that tissue from obstructing the airway, which could put an end to your snoring.

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition. A person with it will stop breathing momentarily while they sleep. One sign is that you are always tired, even after getting a full night's sleep. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you should not only see us, but also an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Often the first thing that will be tried for sleep apnea is a mouthguard.

No matter which sleep disorder you might have, a mouthguard could be a simple and affordable way to treat it. If you think that you might be doing one of these things, we want to discuss it with you. We will then help you to get a mouthguard that will properly fit your mouth and jaw. If you have the wrong mouthguard, it might not help the way that you want it to. Here at Select Care Dental, we want to help you to find the right one. Call us at (541) 316-5499 right away.

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