Posted on 8/20/2019 by Brandon Cooley
|When you think about wearing a mouth guard, you may imagine playing some type of sport that includes violent contact. You wear a mouth guard while playing these sports to protect your teeth and gums.
What you may not realize is that a mouth guard can serve other purposes. For people who struggle to get a good night's sleep, a mouthguard could provide them with some relief. There are ways that a mouthguard will help you sleep better.
What are Mouth Guards?
Mouth guards are simple devices that can help protect your teeth while you sleep. They are typically custom fit to your mouth and teeth. Using mouth guards is simple. You put the mouth guard in before you go to sleep and remove it when you wake up. If you keep it clean and sanitized, it can last a long time. The mouth guards are usually made from plastic and are easy to travel with.
Sleep Apnea and Bruxism
Two of the most common reasons to turn to mouthguards are sleep apnea and bruxism or teeth grinding. The mouth guards help these two problems in different ways. For sleep apnea, the mouth guards can adjust the position of the jaw to help keep the airway open. Other styles can prevent the tongue from falling back in the mouth as you sleep and blocking your airway.
For people who grind their teeth at night, the mouth guard provides protection for the teeth and can prevent breaking, chipping or cracking of the teeth. The mouth guards can also help stop the wearing down of the teeth that grinding can cause.
The idea of having to wear a mouth guard is not always pleasant. For anyone that overcomes their fears of a mouthguard, the benefits they offer are well worth it. They could help you keep your teeth for many years to come.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.