Protect Your Teeth with Custom Night Guards
Do you wake up with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or headache? Has your partner asked why you grind your teeth at night? You may be part of the 10% of Canadian adults with a condition called bruxism. Bruxism can affect more than oral health — it also lowers your quality of sleep and overall health.
What Causes Nighttime Teeth Grinding?
As one of the most common forms of sleep disorders, bruxism has been linked to numerous conditions, including:
- Medication side effects
- Use of stimulants (i.e. nicotine and caffeine)
- Crooked teeth
- Abnormal bite
- Sleep apnea
At Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic, we offer night guards as an effective preventative measure.
Why Night Guards Work
The night guards we make at Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic are precision-moulded using impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then used to create dental appliances made of safe, flavourless polymers, ensuring maximum comfort. In fact, most patients get used to their night guards in just a few nights.
Your custom night guard will soothe and prevent:
- Jaw pain
- Poor sleep
- Damaged teeth and gums
You do not need a referral from your family physician or dentist to take advantage of this service. At Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic, we will assess your oral health, recommend treatment, and take a mould impression all in one visit.
Get in touch today to book your complimentary consultation!
What Happens if Bruxism Goes Untreated?
When bruxism goes on without intervention, the teeth may begin to crack, show signs of enamel wear, and lead to a painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Is it Bruxism or Sleep Apnea?
While stress is by far the greatest cause of bruxism, nighttime teeth grinding also shows up as a secondary symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where the airways become restricted during sleep, reducing vital oxygen to the lungs, blood, and brain. When sleep apnea occurs, the brain stimulates the jaw in order to push it forward and allow air to pass through the larynx. If someone has commented that you stop breathing or snore at night be sure to discuss this issue with your family doctor and sign up for a sleep study. And, if your CPAP machine or other sleep apnea-correcting procedure does not stop the bruxism, schedule a visit with us at Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic. Most sleep apnea therapies can be used alongside night guards.