Illustration of a blonde woman wearing a custom nightguard she got at edgewood family dentistry, a dentist in Anderson, IN as she sleeps

How to Know You Need a Nightguard

June 30, 2023 2:20 am

If you wake up with a sore jaw or teeth or frequently experience headaches in the morning, then it may be time to consider getting a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom-fitted mouthguard that is worn during sleep to protect the teeth and jaw from damage caused by grinding and clenching. At Edgewood Family Dentistry, we can make you a custom nightguard if you experience any of the following:

  1. Dental Issues
  2. Chronic grinding or clenching of teeth, also known as bruxism, is a problem that can cause abnormal wear and tear on your teeth, jaw pain, and headaches, and contribute to dental problems, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth loss. A nightguard can help protect your teeth from further damage.

  3. High-Stress Lifestyle
  4. Stress is a common cause of teeth grinding and clenching. If you have a high-stress job or are going through a stressful time, you may be at risk for bruxism.

  5. Family History of Bruxism
  6. Bruxism can have a hereditary component so if you have a family history of teeth grinding or clenching, you may be more likely to experience the condition.

  7. Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  8. Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep because the airway is blocked by soft tissues of the throat, leading to snoring and other health problems. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a nightguard may be recommended as part of your treatment plan.

Protect Your Teeth While You Sleep

If any of these factors apply to you, talk to our team about getting a nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. At Edgewood Family Dentistry, our team will evaluate your oral cavity to determine the cause of your jaw pain or oral discomfort. We’ll then draw up a plan to reduce discomfort and improve your overall oral health. Contact us today to get started!

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