Protect Your Teeth & Sleep Great Too!
Clenching and grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, can destroy your smile. Worn, cracked, and chipped teeth are often the consequence of long-term teeth grinding. By creating a custom oral appliance, or night guard, our office can provide you with relief from many symptoms and even help you avoid tooth loss or severe damage.
Patients who have used a nightguard to prevent grinding and clenching have experienced a deeper sleep, improved breathing and less snoring.
Effects of Teeth Grinding
A nightguard is used to cushion your lower and upper jaw. This not only reduces friction and tension, but can also prevent damage to your teeth. A custom-made night guard from your Portland Dentist will keep your jaw properly aligned while reducing other problems that can occur with teeth grinding such as headaches, earaches, and chronic migraines.
Our dental night guards have many advantages over the ones you find at the pharmacy.
- They fit snugly, meaning they stay put while you sleep
- They allow your jaw to return to a comfortable position that promotes the relaxation of your jaw, face, and neck muscles
- They provide a sturdy and effective barrier between your upper and lower teeth so you can avoid nocturnal damage to your teeth.
We take an accurate impression and a bite registration to ensure a proper fit. This information, along with data about your bite and jaw function, is sent to our dental lab so that they can create the perfect night guard for you.
Snore Guards for a Great Night’s Sleep
If your partner has complained about your loud snoring, chances are you were not even aware it was happening. Snoring is an indication of an obstructed airway and can be a sign of a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring can also cause headaches and sore throats, and it can even worsen over time.
Using a specially designed oral appliance, we can help reduce or eliminate snoring so you and your partner can get a good night’s sleep.
Our snoring appliances work by gently moving your lower jaw forward in order to create more space at the back of your throat for air to pass through easily. Patients report that they get a better night’s sleep, their partners are happier, and they wake up feeling refreshed.
Getting started with appliance therapy is easy. If you think you or a family member can benefit from a custom-fit night guard or snore guard, get in touch with us to schedule an appointment to learn more.