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Night Guards

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.

Sports Guards & Mouth Guards

Sports mouth guards (also termed athletic mouthpieces, football protectors, or spelled "mouth guards" using two words) are plastic dental appliances which when worn can help to protect the hard and soft tissues of the mouth from damage caused by traumatic blows and collisions. The value of an athletic mouth guard simply cannot be overstated. It's been estimated that as many as one third of all injuries treated by dentists are sports related. It's also been estimated that during any single season an athlete participating in a contact sport runs about a 10% chance of experiencing some sort of orofacial injury (injury of the tissues or structures in or around the mouth).

If you, or your kids play sports, you need a properly fitted sports guard to protect against damage to your teeth and dental work. After all, a single blow to your mouth can easily cause tooth fracture, tooth dislodgement, or damage to your crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.

All it takes to protect your teeth is one simple, painless visit. There are no needles, no drugs, no tools in your mouth. Even better, no X-rays are required. To find out how sports guards can protect your teeth, please contact our Encino office today.

Sleep Prosthodontics/Obstructive Airway Treatment

If you’ve tried CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and self-help tips and your sleep problems persist, you may benefit from a simple dental device. In some cases, our patients find oral appliances are much easier to use than a CPAP machine. The goal for the dental device is to relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.

Dental devices are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw or tongue forward during sleep. When the jaw moves forward it allows more room for the tongue and soft tissue. Dental devices slightly open the teeth to help decompress the jaw joint and open the airway down your throat.

Most dental devices fit inside your mouth, much like an athletic mouth guard or night guard. it offers a full range of dental/oral appliances, including the:

. Mandibular repositioning device

. Tongue retaining device

Each dental device is custom made for the individual. We complete a thorough dental exam in order to prescribe the proper sleep device for each patient.

It is extremely important to get fitted by a dental practitioner specializing in sleep apnea and to see the dental practitioner for any future dental problems that may occur. You may need to have your dental practitioner adjust the mouthpiece to fit better as your muscular system relaxes or strengthens over time.

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