When people think of mouthguards, they usually think of them as those that kids and adults wear while playing sports to protect their teeth from a rogue ball or a tackle gone wrong, but there are other reasons for using a mouthguard.
The importance of using mouthguards when sleeping is noted by adults and children who have sleep apnea, snoring issues, or those who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping.
A mouthguard is usually made of hard or soft plastic, depending on the person’s needs and preferences who will be wearing it. It will cover the biting surface of the mouth and can be worn over the top or bottom arch of teeth.
Since patients have various teeth patterns, at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, Washington, we offer custom-made mouthguards that fit correctly for each person by molding them into the perfect shape. That will also cut down on the chances of it being too bulky or very uncomfortable for the person who has to wear it every night while they sleep. A mouthguard is also known as a dental guard, nightguard, nocturnal bite plate, a bite splint, or even an occlusal guard.
Snore guards are used to move the jaw and tongue into comfortable positions that allow air to move freely as a person sleeps. Without the tongue or jaw getting in the way, the noise the others hear when a person snores will no longer happen. Snore guards are a great alternative to a CPAP machine that many people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea use.
A mouthguard can help prevent adults and children grind their teeth when they sleep since it fits over the teeth. The mouthguard protects the teeth from damage, bone loss, pain, and discomfort for anyone who grinds their teeth while sleeping. Sometimes teens with braces will also use a mouthguard at night to protect their teeth and braces from any grinding that may occur while sleeping.
They will ensure that the mouthguard you are prescribed fits correctly with the use of lightweight custom-made oral appliances that are easy to wear and care for throughout your experience. They also strive to offer cost-effective mouthguards to protect the teeth from further damage while eliminating the need for extensive dental work in the future. Call Kingsgate Dental at (425) 385-0080 to schedule an appointment.
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