Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. Meanwhile, snoring can impact the quality of your own sleep and that of those around you. To help our patients most comfortably avoid this, we create oral appliances including night guards and snore guards, customized to fit their bite. One type of night guard acts as a cushion between the top and bottom dental arches while the other creates more space between the front teeth to prevent the top and lower jaws from touching. Snore prevention mouth pieces look similar, but instead of acting as a cushion or spacer, they keep the lower jaw forward, thereby preventing pressure on the larynx.
What are the causes of teeth grinding?
- Stress or anxiety
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Certain medications, recreational drugs or caffeine
What are the causes of snoring?
- Sleeping on your back and your tongue fails back and blocks your throat
- The soft tissues in the back of the throat vibrate due to being excessive (or swollen from acid reflux)
- Obstructing on enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils
- Mouth breathing while sleeping