Three Ways Nighttime Mouthguards Can Benefit You
While mouthguards are also a great way to treat TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), patients who grind their teeth notice immediate relief from their symptoms once they start using a mouthguard at night.
If you're noticing any of these symptoms, there's a good chance that you grind your teeth at night:
Many people are surprised to discover that they have been grinding their teeth at night; while this condition is very common, it can evade diagnosis for quite a while before sufferers realize they've been doing it. Stress tends to be a fairly common trigger for bruxism, but other factors such as medical conditions (like epilepsy, dementia, and even GERD) and medications (like antidepressants, for instance) can cause it to happen.
While it's tempting to try to wish your bruxism away, a mouthguard is an indispensable resource for those who suffer from it. If you're hesitating about getting fitted with a custom mouthguard, consider these three ways a nighttime mouthguard can help you:
Many people report less overall pain after switching to a custom-fitted mouthguard to help their bruxism. Furthermore, mouthguards aren't just for people who grind their teeth - snoring, for instance, is dramatically reduced when mouthguards are introduced. People with poor jaw alignment start to notice an improvement in their pain levels, too, after using a mouthguard.
The benefits of a nighttime mouthguard are numerous and can cause immediate relief for aches and pains that have been plaguing you. If you're noticing poor sleep, ongoing headaches that start in your temples, earaches, and jaw and tooth pain, you may be a good candidate for a custom mouthguard. Please give us a call here at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic + Family Dentistry at (908) 647-4441 to determine if you could benefit from a custom nightguard and allow us to help you start feeling better!