Sleep mouthguards can help patients with different conditions that affect their jawbone or sleep patterns. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS we can diagnose and treat your sleep problems with several treatment options, including mouthguards.
Why is a Mouthguard for Sleeping Needed?
Some of the main reasons we believe you can use a mouthguard for sleeping are conditions such as bruxism, where you grind and clench your teeth unconsciously. This motion can cause wear and tear to the teeth creating cracks and chips on their surface.
Many studies suggest the grinding and clenching of the teeth is due to anxiety or stress, among other issues. If you have noticed your jawbone is sore when you wake up in the morning, you may have bruxism, a typical dental condition.
Signs of Bruxism
Aside from waking up with a sore jaw, bruxism can have other symptoms that can make the condition very uncomfortable including:
TMJ, or temporomandibular disorders such as bruxism, can be linked to mental health conditions like depression. The link between pain and depression has been extensively documented, and many researchers believe that pain causes poor quality of life, which could lead, among other things, to depression.
How Can a Mouthguard Help?
The main problem with something like bruxism is that the pressure from clenching and grinding your teeth is so high that it eventually causes wear and tear on the tooth’s surface. Once this occurs, the structure of the tooth changes, and it can become more susceptible to other conditions such as cavities.
Putting all that pressure on your teeth can also cause them to break. Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and sometimes, insurance companies don’t cover the cost of specific procedures.
Patients who suffer from bruxism and use mouthguards to sleep can see significant improvement in their symptoms and wake up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. However, it’s essential to get to the root of the problem and identify why the jaw is misaligned.
The Importance of Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
While a mouthguard can help those who suffer from certain bothersome symptoms, it is not a perfect solution or one that will help everyone. Bruxism can also be a symptom of a potentially more serious condition like sleep apnea. Patients who have sleep apnea can also grind and clench their teeth at night, causing the airways to get blocked.
In recent years, some experts think using a mouthguard for sleep can be counterproductive. The teeth’s surface is protected, but the mouthguard can prevent the natural reaction of moving your jaw forward to allow you to breathe again. Sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing dozens of times in one night and more severe cases it can stop the flow of oxygen to the brain.
If you believe you could be suffering from a condition that requires you to use a mouthguard to sleep, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
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Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.