Night Guards

Night Guards

Custom Made night guards from your Orange County Cosmetic Dentist can help with TMJ disorder or other problems that you may experience while you sleep. If don’t have temporomandibular joints disorder, but clench and grind your teeth, a custom-made night guard could be the answer for your restless nights.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, referred to as teeth grinding or clenching occurs when you sleep. A custom-made night guard helps reposition your jaw preventing your teeth from clenching or grinding. If you have bruxism, you could be dealing with sleep apnea as well as some people who clench and grind develop obstructive sleep apnea.

Bruxism Symptoms

  • Teeth Clenching or Grinding
  • Flat Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Worn Enamel
  • Tired Jaw Muscles
  • Locked Jaw
  • Facial Pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Tight Jaw Muscles
  • Unable to Open and Close Mouth without Pain
  • Unable to Close or Open Completely
  • Temple Headaches
  • Inside Cheek Damage

Although physicians aren’t exactly sure what causes the disorder, bruxism could be a combination of genetic and physical factors.

There are two types of bruxism, Awake Bruxism, which could be caused from frustration, anger, stress, anxiety, or tension, and Sleep Bruxism, which is thought to be related to chewing while sleeping.

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Risk Factors

There are some risk factors to consider that include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Personality Disorders
  • Prescription and Over the Counter Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Genetics

Other disorders such as dementia, acid reflux, night terrors, epilepsy, sleep apnea, and Parkinson’s disease can also lead to bruxism.

Although bruxism isn’t usually associated with any serious complications, it can cause:

  • Tooth Damage
  • Restoration Damage
  • Tension Headaches
  • Severe Jaw or Facial Pain
  • TMJ Disorder

If you or someone you know has a problem with tooth clenching and grinding, call or click and schedule an appointment with Orange Coast Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Lindy Beverly, who can design a custom made night guard that can help prevent bruxism.

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