Night guards are oral appliances that are custom-fabricated to fit over the teeth. They are often used to prevent nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, as well as to properly position the jaw to relax hyperactive muscles and decrease TMD symptoms.
Did You Know?
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on three factors: the teeth, muscles, and jaw position. This approach reduces primary pain in the jaw, as well as secondary pain in the neck, head, and shoulders.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a night guard?
While only a dentist can diagnose your need for a night guard, you may benefit from wearing a night guard if you experience any of the following on a regular basis:
- Jaw pain
- Problems biting and chewing
- Pain while biting and chewing
- Tooth pain
- Facial pain
- Inability to open or close the mouth completely
- Popping or clicking noises when the mouth opens/closes
- Ear pain/tinnitus
- Teeth grinding or clenching at night
To determine if you can benefit from wearing a night guard, schedule a consultation with La Conner Dental today.
How is my need for a night guard diagnosed?
To determine if you will benefit from wearing a night guard, our office will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, muscles, and jaw position.
What should I expect when wearing a night guard?
Upon receiving your night guard, your dentist will discuss exactly how to wear and care for it. In most cases, you can expect to wear your night guard every night. You will be asked to bring your night guard to future cleaning appointments for ultrasonic cleaning and evaluation.