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Do You Require a Night Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are important devices, which help to protect your teeth from various forms of damage. There are, however, different types of mouthguards, based on the reason you are wearing them. One of these types of mouthguards is the night guard, which helps to protect the teeth from damage during the night - hence the name. At Dublin Family Dental, we offer high-quality night mouthguards, which are guaranteed to give your teeth the best protection. However, first, you need to know whether you are a candidate for the mouthguards or not. Read on to find out.

Who Needs a Night Mouthguard?

Night guards are usually used to protect the teeth from damage due to the involuntary grinding and clenching that occurs at night. When worn, they create a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, thus preventing them from damaging each other. As a result, they are used as a treatment solution for people with bruxism that is characterized by night grinding and clenching.

Night mouthguards can, however, be used to offer a solution to other sleeping disorders such as:
•  Mild sleep apnea - sleep apnea is a condition in which a person temporarily stops breathing while sleeping. Night mouthguards are one of the solutions that can be offered to people suffering from a mild form of this condition.
•  Snoring - night mouthguard can also be used to reduce snoring. They help to pull the lower jaw forward, which helps to open up the airway. This reduces the vibrations of the soft tissues in the airway, thus reducing snoring.

Types of Night Mouthguards

There are several different types of night mouthguards you can choose from. Below is a look at some of them
•  Standard (over-the-counter) mouthguards - these are the most common type of night guards, which are readily found in pharmacies and several online stores. These mouthguards are not designed for a specific individual. Instead, when buying them, you have to choose a size that offers a close fit. However, there are some night guards that come with a boil and bite customization, which features a flexible plastic material that forms around your teeth when you bite on it (after boiling it).
•  Custom-fit mouthguards - custom-fit mouthguards are premium devices that are designed specifically for you in a dental lab or a dentist office. They are designed using a tooth impression (for dental lab fabrication) or a computer model (computer-aided design/manufacturing). They offer a perfect custom-fit, which makes them comfortable to wear. They are also more likely to last longer, due to the advanced design and the high-quality materials used.
•  NTI Mouthguards - NTI (nociceptive trigeminal inhibition) mouthguards are a type of night guard that only covers the anterior teeth. It is made from the same material as the night guards. However, it works quite differently, in that it helps to relax the muscles, thus preventing grinding and clenching (as opposed to preventing the touching of the teeth).

Do you suffer from a sleep-related disorder that can cause damage to your teeth? Dublin Family Dental can offer you reliable solutions to protect your teeth while sleeping. Call us today at (925)833-0500 to find out more about night mouthguards and to book an appointment.
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