Night guards are protective mouthguards made of acrylic or thermoplastic materials that cushion your teeth and are worn by patients who suffer from bruxism and TMJ. The mouthguard protects the teeth from becoming damaged or broken and also reduces pain associated with TMJ such as tension in the jaw and headaches. The nightguard absorbs the force from clenching your jaw and prevents you from grinding your teeth. Contact us at South Austin Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthysse or Dr. Chelkowski.
Night guards can prevent headaches that are caused by jaw tension.
You will first come in for a consultation with your Austin dentist to assess the problems you are facing, such as teeth grinding or TMJ. You need to be in good oral health before we can give you a mouthguard.
We will take impressions of your teeth so your custom-made mouthguard fits perfectly and comfortably inside of your mouth.
Because an outside dental lab will be fabricating your mouthguard, it will take a few weeks for them to be ready. Once we receive them, you will come in to pick them up and can begin your treatment.
We may ask you to come in for follow-up appointments to ensure that the mouthguard is working. Over time, you will need to have the mouthguard replaced.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to mood problems such as anxiety and depression.
They’re used to treat bruxism, TMJ, and sleep apnea. They prevent teeth grinding by placing a barrier between your teeth so you can’t wear down your enamel or chip your teeth. They also cushion your jaw muscles when you clench which reduces pain associated with TMJ.
There are also occlusal splints that can position your jaw in a way that holds your airway open to stop breathing pauses in patients with sleep apnea.
If you have one of the aforementioned conditions above and are in good oral and overall health, you are likely a great candidate for a dental night guard from our Austin practice. Grinding your teeth and having sleep apnea are not things that you should ignore.
These conditions need to be treated because they lead to more serious consequences. Untreated bruxism can lead to breaking your teeth and sleep apnea increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. These conditions can be easily treated with a simple night guard.
If you hear clicking or popping noises when you open your jaw, you might have TMJ.