Different Types of Sleeping Mouth Guards
For Best Fit and Comfort, Get Your Mouth Guard Made By a Dentist
Mouth guards for sleeping have helped many individuals who have a snoring problem, been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, bruxism (grinding, clenching or gnashing your teeth) or TMD (temporomandibular disorder). While a mouth guard for sleeping or snoring helps alleviate specific conditions, these oral devices are also used to protect teeth, gums and lips during sports.
Whether you need mouth guards for kids or adults, it is preferable to have one made by an experienced dentist. Proper sizing and fit is essential to your comfort as well as the effectiveness of the oral appliance. Custom-fit mouth guards made by Harrison Denture Clinic are created specifically for your mouth and condition.
Let’s look at the different types of mouth guards and how they work.
- Mouth guards for sports: One of the first uses of mouth guards was for contact sports such as boxing, wrestling, martial arts, etc. Today many athletes and fitness enthusiasts also use them, both for protection and performance enhancement. You may purchase stock protectors or bite and boil mouth guards at sporting goods stores. However, they can be ill-fitting, bulky and uncomfortable when compared to the custom devices offered by a dentist.
- Mouth guards for snoring: Snoring mouth guards are designed to open up your airways and reduce the vibrations (snoring). They hold your lower jaw slightly forward and widen the back of the airway, helping you to breathe and sleep better. A good night’s sleep improves both your mental and physical health.
- Mouth guards for sleeping: Made by a dentist specifically for you, mouth guards for sleeping may be used to treat a number of conditions such as sleep apnea, bruxism and TMD.
Mouth guards for sleep apnea are also known as mandibular advancing devices (MAD) and function like an airway splint (similar to snoring mouth guards). Many sleep apnea patients prefer mouth guards as they are more comfortable and easier to transport when compared to the mask, tubes and motor of a CPAP machine.
Mouth guards known as occlusal splints are prescribed for TMD and nighttime teeth clenching as well as before certain restoration procedures. They may be used on the upper or lower teeth or both.
How to care for your mouth guard
Proper maintenance will help you make optimal use of your mouth guard for snoring or sleeping. Here are some tips on how to care for an adult or child’s mouth guard.
- Clean the mouth guard after each use: You may wash it in cool soapy water or use a mouth rinse.
- Store it in a proper container: Keep it in a hard, perforated container when not in use. This will protect it from damage and help it breathe.
- Keep it away from heat: This includes direct sunlight, heat and hot water. It will retain its shape longer.
- Inspect it regularly: If it has holes or cracks, then it needs to be replaced. Also remember to bring it to your dentist when you have a checkup or exam.
Custom-fitted mouth guards for sleeping and snoring offer the most benefits. They are designed by a dentist specifically to fit in your mouth and are made in a professional laboratory to exacting specifications. Special materials enhance your comfort as well as protection. Although they are more expensive that mouth guards that you can buy over-the-counter or in sporting stores, they last longer and are more effective too.
Do you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, bruxism or TMD
Harrison Denture Clinic offers a full line of mouth guards for sleeping and snoring. Over the past 25 years, our custom made oral appliances have helped patients effectively deal with many of these conditions. Personalized attention and exceptional service by our experienced team ensures you are treated to the best quality of care.
Call us today at 705-445-1121, to schedule an appointment for a custom made mouth guard.