Therapeutic Dental Appliances
Sleep apnea/snoring appliances
Some patients experience sleep apnea or snoring which can affect the amount of oxygen available to the brain. A snore guard appliance worn during sleep can help reposition the jaw and reduce or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea.
Many people clench or grind their teeth while asleep and do not realize it. Some signs of this are manifested as worn or chipped teeth, headaches, or waking up with sore teeth and jaw. In order to protect the teeth and decrease or eliminate this habit, an occlusal guard is recommended.
TMJ Night Guards
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the ligament that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. This is located in front of the ear on the sides of your head. The joints are flexible and enable the jaw to move, this provides most of your speaking and chewing functions.
Injury to this joint can result in pain or functional problems with the mouth. Night guards can be worn to prevent the upper and lower teeth from physically contacting each other. The bite is also corrected by positioning the teeth in their least traumatic position. These appliances can be worn at night or during daytime hours as needed.