Alleviate the Effects of Bruxism With a Bite Guard
If you wake up regularly with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism affects roughly 10-15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association.
There are several ways you can minimize the effects of bruxism. One of the most common is a night guard. This appliance is typically worn while sleeping, reducing stress, strain, and wear on your teeth, jaw joint, and muscles of the head and neck.
Custom-fit, professional bite guards provided by Safari Dental are made in a special laboratory from a custom impression of your mouth carefully taken by our trained dental professionals. Options are also available for patients who would like the same bite protection during the day with a more cosmetic look.
In some cases, a bite guard alone may not be enough to correct these problems. Uneven, or crooked, teeth create a problematic bite that increases stress and strain on teeth in unnatural ways, thus accelerating the symptoms of bruxism. Dr. Menser can determine if any such additional treatment may be necessary.
Contact the friendly staff at Safari Dential today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Menser to see what options are right for you.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Using an oral appliance is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An oral sleep appliance custom fit just for you can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. Worn while you sleep, an oral appliance fits your mouth similar to a sports mouth guard or a retainer.
This appliance supports the jaw to help maintain an open upper airway. Research has shown that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you and Dr. Menser decide this therapy is the best treatment option for you, custom impressions will be taken for your custom-made oral appliance. More than 100 oral appliances have received clearance by the FDA, Dr. Menser will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Additionally, oral appliance therapy is covered by many insurance plans.