Wearing a dental appliance is an absolute must if you suffer from bruxism, among other issues. Grinding and clenching your jaw as you sleep can lead to serious tooth damage and even tooth loss if left untreated long enough. Yet, that is not the only advantage to using a dental appliance: you can also improve your quality of sleep, leaving you better rested and ready to face each new day. Do you need help feeling rested when you get up in the morning? We may be the answer you have been looking for.
A dental appliance is simply a professionally-crafted device that fits over your teeth like a glove. It rests in place and keeps you from clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth as you sleep. In addition, a dental appliance can actually help decrease the severity of temporomandibular joint disorder, which is a condition which can cause headaches, jaw aches, and other physical ailments. It can also keep your jaw properly aligned so that you can breathe better during the night, instead of causing a blockage of the airway from oral tissues, like your tongue.
Obviously, a dental appliance keeps your teeth from rubbing together, and so protects the enamel of your teeth. But it does much more than that. By helping to hold your teeth in a natural position as you sleep, it cuts down on the muscle fatigue that can result from incessantly grinding your teeth. In addition, it keeps the teeth properly aligned, meaning better wear patterns and longer-lasting smiles. Finally, by preventing bruxism, it reduces the wear on the temporomandibular joint (the joint where your jaw connects to your skull).
A dental appliance helps you sleep better, because it reduces the strain you experience as you sleep. In addition, it reduces any pain that you might otherwise suffer from bruxism, further ensuring a good night’s sleep. Plus, if you happen to struggle with breathing issues during the night, it can also give you some relief and allow you to get deeper, more restful sleep.
If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, if you notice yourself developing headaches, jaw pain, or other unexplained phenomena, or if you snore or have other breathing issues when you sleep, come see us at Carolina’s Dental Sleep Center today. We are happy to talk with you about how a dental appliance can help you get a better night’s sleep.