Should You Wear a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Teeth During Sleep?
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Most people would like to get into bed and fall asleep without much difficulty. The problem is that getting a good night's sleep and awakening the next day refreshed and ready to go takes some preparation.
That is why people develop a routine to follow before they go to bed. While everyone's routine includes some similar things, there are some people who need to add extra steps to their nighttime routine. One of those steps can include wearing a mouthguard. It can help with a few different things that happen while you sleep.
Bruxism, Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnea
There are a lot of things going on while we sleep. Some things can end up damaging your teeth and gums. Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition that many people suffer from. The problem is that they do not realize it happens while they sleep. They do not find out that they grind their teeth until they notice the damage to their teeth.
Mouthguards are a great way to manage the issue of bruxism and teeth grinding. They are custom fit to the person. The mouthguard is put into place before a person goes to sleep and removed when they wake up in the morning.
Sleep apnea is another problem that mouthguards can help with. A custom fit mouthguard can adjust the position of the lower jaw to help keep the airway open. It can help end the snoring that many people suffer from along with sleep apnea and it can prevent any complications.
If a person wonders whether they should wear a mouthguard when they sleep, they need to ask if they have an issue where a mouthguard would help. If they are told they have a problem with bruxism, teeth grinding or sleep apnea while they sleep, it is a simple and easy solution. They should also consider mouthguards if they recognize the signs of these conditions.
The mouthguards have only one downside. They don't work if you don't wear them. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.