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Night Guards

What are

Night Guards?

Night guards are dental devices that are designed to protect your teeth while you sleep. They are custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly, providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. This is particularly useful for people who grind their teeth (bruxism) or suffer from conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or sleep apnea. Night guards are usually made from durable materials such as acrylic or hard plastic, ensuring they can withstand the pressure exerted by your jaw during sleep. At Shook Family Dental, Dr. Erin Tollefson and Dr. Joe Bartlett are experienced in creating night guards that offer both comfort and protection.

The Benefits Of

Night Guards

Relief from TMJ Symptoms
Night guards can provide significant relief for those suffering from TMJ. By preventing nighttime grinding and clenching, they can reduce the strain on the temporomandibular joint, alleviating symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Over time, this can lead to improved quality of life and reduced need for pain medication.

Protection Against Tooth Damage
Teeth grinding and clenching can lead to significant tooth damage over time, including cracks, fractures, and worn-down enamel. Night guards provide a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, helping to prevent this damage. This can save you from costly restorative procedures in the future and preserve the health and appearance of your teeth.

Improved Sleep Quality
Many people who use night guards report improved sleep quality. Conditions like sleep apnea and bruxism can cause frequent awakenings and disrupt the sleep cycle, leading to daytime fatigue and other health issues. By addressing these conditions, night guards can contribute to more restful, uninterrupted sleep.