Night and Snore Guards
Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. Meanwhile, snoring can impact the quality of your own sleep and that of those around you. To help our patients most comfortably avoid this, we customize snore and night guards to their bite. One type of night guard acts as a cushion between the top and bottom dental arches while the other creates more space between the front teeth to prevent the top and lower jaw from touching. Snore and sleep apnea prevention mouth pieces look similar, but instead of acting as a cushion or spacer, they keep the lower jaw forward, thereby preventing pressure on the larynx.
What are the causes of teeth grinding?
Stress or anxiety
Obstructive sleep apnea
Certain medications or recreational drugs
What are the causes of snoring?
Sleeping on your back
When the larynx is compressed by a relaxed jaw
Large tonsils or a long soft palate
During your exam visit, Dr. Thomas will look for signs of clenching/grinding and evaluate your tongue posture to look for the possibility of sleep apnea. He will discuss his findings with you and together you can determine the best course of treatment.