Our dentists at Dental Health Associates have helped our patients who have sleep apnea, snore, or grind their teeth at night with custom-fit mouthguards.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common problem in both children and adults and can lead to health and dental problems, such as headaches, sensitive teeth, or painful jaw muscles. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where the muscles around the tongue and throat relax while sleeping, blocking the flow of air to the lungs, sometimes interrupting breathing. The body usually wakes up and resumes normal breathing, but if it doesn’t, the sufferer could die. Even when sleep apnea isn’t present, snoring is a serious issue, both for the snorer and anyone else in hearing distance!
A custom-fit mouthguard can help prevent both bruxism and sleep apnea. They can also protect your teeth (or your children’s teeth) against injuries when playing sports.