If you suffer from sleep apnea or TMJ, getting a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep often seems impossible. Stop tossing and turning; at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, in North Bethesda, Maryland, the dental team regularly prescribe night guards to relieve common issues like teeth grinding and snoring. If you’re interested in learning more about this safe, non-invasive treatment, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Your temporomandibular joints connect your jawbone to your skull and assist you in chewing, opening your mouth, and speaking. TMJ is any type of pain, tenderness, or general discomfort that affects the temporomandibular joints. Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes TMJ, but teeth grinding, stress, and jaw alignment are thought to play a role.
A night guard is a custom mouthguard designed to fit the unique curves and contours of your mouth. Wearing a night guard puts a protective barrier between your teeth. When you grind your teeth and your night guard is in, there’s less tension and a cushion for the muscles in your jaw.
The type of night guard you’ll most benefit from depends on your unique symptoms and goals for treatment. Following a comprehensive exam and review of your medical history, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
The team at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, offers three different types of night guards:
Soft night guards are the most basic type of night guard. They only last for about six months but can relieve minor issues like jaw pain due to stress. Soft night guards are flexible and comfortable to wear.
The team recommends dual laminate night guards for moderate to severe teeth grinders. Dual laminate night guards are soft on the inside and hard on the outside. They typically last for a year or longer but take time to adjust to.
Hard night guards are ideal for extreme teeth grinders and people with TMJ. Hard night guards are made of acrylic, last for years, and are more expensive than soft or dual laminate night guards.
If your dentist prescribes a night guard, follow their instructions carefully. To make the transition process easier, the team recommends you:
In addition, you should always make sure to brush and floss prior to putting in your night guard. This simple step will prevent bacteria, food particles, and plaque from building up.
Teeth grinding and TMJ can severely impact the quality of your life. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a night guard, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, today.