Mouth guards are used to protect the teeth of people suffering from a variety of conditions, including sleep apnea and bruxism. They are generally placed on either the top or bottom row of teeth, but in more serious instances, they may be used for both. Dental mouth guards are made of soft and durable material, to ensure that the person wearing them will be comfortable and so as not to cause any additional dental damage. 

Athletes, specifically football players, are known to wear mouthguards during games and practices as well. Still, the most common uses for mouth guards are for dental and sleep disorders.

Mouth Guard For Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is a condition that affects 25 million Americans, in which a person unconsciously grinds their teeth or clenches their jaw, either awake or asleep. Certain people might not realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth until they start to feel pain, which can be due to a cracked tooth, jaw pain, earaches, or headaches. Others might be aware of their teeth grinding from their disrupted sleep.

If you are experiencing bruxism, you should immediately make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will determine the cause of your bruxism and provide you with treatment options, but they may also prescribe you a nightguard. Although it cannot stop the grinding altogether, mouthguards for teeth grinding can disperse the pressure and protect your teeth from the ensuing structural damage.

Teeth grinding and clenching is also a symptom of TMJ, or Temporomandibular Disorder. In these cases, TMJ mouth guards can be extremely effective in pain relief from facial soreness and stress.

    Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard

    Roughly 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder which causes a disruption in the breathing and flow of oxygen during sleep. The disorder has been known to cause multiple health issues, including heart problems, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and daytime fatigue. Continuous Positive Airway Processor (CPAP) machines are an effective treatment for sleep apnea, although the machine itself can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, leaving people to neglect the necessary treatment.

    Sleep apnea mouth guards are specifically designed to open the airways and make breathing easier, by pulling forward the draw and reducing the amount of stress placed on an individual’s neck, mouth, and head. Mouth guards are a popular alternative treatment to CPAP machines, as they are more comfortable, portable, and less invasive. 

    Dental Mouth Guard

    Cottonwood Dental uses both digital scans and impressions of the mouth and teeth to create custom dental mouth guards, uniquely designed for each patient. This process is by far the most comfortable and protective option of mouth guard production possible. Our experienced and caring staff at Cottonwood Dental uses the latest technology to create the best results for our patients. To schedule an appointment for dental impressions for mouth guards, call (505) 210-7884 today.