If you struggle with jaw concerns while you sleep, know that you are not alone. Many people have trouble overnight with unconscious movements. This can include bruxism, or the term for persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth. Such actions can be incredibly damaging to your smile, from the deterioration of your tooth structure to asymmetrical misalignment. If we can avoid this sort of motion, it can prevent many different oral health concerns.
Others have issues with sleep apnea. This refers to pauses in breath overnight, most typically due to something obstructing the airway. This can lead to major problems with your overall health, let alone your ability to get a good night’s sleep! Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist explains how an overnight mouthguard may help you find some ease. And with this comfort also comes the security in knowing that you are stopping yourself from further harm!
Ease Your Discomfort
One of the primary reasons people seek treatment for their bruxism is because they just are not feeling right. Often, these people are not even aware that they have this condition! More often than not, a loved one will notice them moving in their sleep. But there can be serious pain associated with nightly jaw collisions.
You may have nagging, persistent headaches that stretch from the jaw around the back of your head. By using your muscles while you sleep, you never fully rest this part of your body. Imagine if it were your leg muscles, you’d be rather sore after a few days. This fatigue can also cause added strain that puts your health at risk. We are much more likely to experience an injury if we are not fully rested.
TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, can also be affected by this motion. This is where your jaw meets the side of your head. If it doesn’t operate correctly, it can lead to pain and a limited range of motion. Our mouths are incredibly important for both chewing and speaking, so any harm to this joint can be limiting to your daily routine.
Protect Yourself From…Yourself
One of the safest methods of preventing your unconscious movements from doing harm is through the use of a nightly-worn mouthguard. These custom-fitted devices adjust the way your jaw sits while you sleep, and can prevent all sorts of damage.
Many people with sleep apnea see a marked increase in their quality of life, simply by readjusting how their mouth rests. Or if bruxism is your chief concern, placing a soft barrier can prevent enamel wear and alignment changes. This is much less invasive than surgery, so before you do down that route, try this simple orthotic approach!
Call For More Information!
You don’t have to live with pain! To schedule an appointment, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!