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Night Guards for Clenching, Grinding and Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism (grinding) 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 customize snore and night guards to their bite.  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. Sleep disordered breathing is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing, or apneas, during sleep due to a blockage in the airway created by the same pressure on the larynx that cuases some snoring. For this reason, chronic snoring is a primary sign of sleep disordered breathing. Other signs and symptoms include insomnia or difficulty sleeping, waking during sleep feeling short of breath, headaches upon waking, and daytime drowsiness. Not everyone who snores is necessarily at risk of sleep disordered breathing, but if these other risk factors are present, evaluation by a sleep medicine specialist may be indicated as estimates suggest that more than twelve million Americans compromise their health due to apneas that occur during sleep disordered breathing. Most cases remain undiagnosed, contributing to diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and traffic accidents related to drowsy driving. Sleep disordered breathing raises the risk of heart attack 23 times over average, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with this condition before an attack. Our team can offer you education and treatment surrounding sleep health in the simplest and most cost-effective way possible.  

What are some causes of teeth grinding?

  • Stress or anxiety

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Certain medications or recreational drugs

What are some causes of snoring and/or sleep apneas?

  • Sleeping on your back

  • When the larynx is compressed by a relaxed jaw

  • Large tonsils or a long soft palate

Snoring and/or bruxism can be complex issues, often caused by more than one factor. Therefore not everyone who has problem snoring and/or grinding is a candidate for an oral appliance. If you are curious, Dr. Paxton can evaluate your specific case and direct you to the best solution for your individual needs.