If your partner often complains of your loud snoring, or if you often wake up with aching facial muscles, jaw and teeth, you may be suffering from the effects of bruxism.
Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common and painful condition that affects about 15 percent of American adults. Fortunately, at Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several treatment options for bruxism, including night mouthguards.
Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism
The effects of bruxism can be manifested in many ways. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Although it is not known exactly why bruxism occurs, there may be several contributing factors, including stress at home, school, or work, insomnia, crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite.
What are Night Mouthguards
Night mouthguards are dental appliances that are worn during the night when you are sleeping. Their function is to prevent the surfaces of the opposing teeth from grinding together and, in the process, damaging the enamel of your teeth or hurting your jaw. They do this by providing a cushion to the muscles in your jaw and distributing the force of your bite throughout the appliance so that high pressure is not exerted on one part of the mouth.
These mouthguards are available over-the-counter as well as custom-fitted at Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. However, store-bought night guards do not fit well, nor are they comfortable and may not be effective in fighting the symptoms of bruxism.
Night mouthguards custom-made at our office provide superior quality, durability, and fit as they are created based on the mold of your mouth. These mouthguards may be more expensive than over-the-counter ones, but they are much more effective.
Types of Night Mouthguards
There are three types of night mouthguards that may be prescribed to you:
If you suspect that you suffer from teeth grinding during sleep, call us now at (425) 738-8476, and we will determine what type of mouth nightguard or bruxism treatment suits you the best.