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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Appliances

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Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 

Sleep Appliances

It is normal to grind your teeth occasionally, especially during moments of high stress. But if you grind and clench your teeth to the point where you feel pain in your head, neck, or shoulders, a custom night guard offered at our dental office can change your life!

The exact reason that people grind their teeth can vary widely. It can be something as simple as stress or as complicated as problems with your temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD.) But for many people, the reason is a misaligned dental bite.

Whatever the reason for your teeth grinding and clenching, it’s important to have the problem addressed. If there is not a significant underlying problem, like TMD, the solution may be as simple as a custom night guard.

You may only experience the symptoms of teeth grinding, like chronic headaches, and not even be aware that you are constantly grinding and clenching while you sleep. A night guard created specifically for you by Dr. Stone is designed to hold your jaw in such a position that your teeth cannot meet. This effectively eliminates the ability to grind your teeth, giving your jaw and teeth a chance to rest.

Seeking treatment for teeth grinding is important, because it can lead to excess tooth wear and erosion as well as other more serious problems like TMD. If you think you show signs of teeth grinding like head, neck, and jaw pain, please contact us. We will work with you to pinpoint the problem and get you the relief you need.

An oral appliance is a small plastic device that fits over the upper and lower teeth, similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. The appliance is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Oral appliances work by slightly advancing the lower jaw which in turn moves the base of the tongue forward and opens the airway to allow improved breathing and reduced snoring and apnea during sleep.

Just about everyone snores from time to time. Snoring can be the result of taking certain medications, drinking alcohol, or being overweight. But if you’re snoring all the time, and you feel like you’re struggling to catch your breath while you sleep, you may have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

This is a serious and potentially life-threatening problem that needs to be treated as quickly as possible. Sleep apnea has been linked to health problems like high blood pressure and even strokes. But in many cases, Dr. Stone can provide the solution you need so you can get a good night’s sleep.

It’s important to understand that snoring does not always mean that you have sleep apnea. We will work with your physician to determine if your snoring is related to sleep apnea, or if it’s caused by another problem.

In many cases, we can create a custom night guard that holds your jaw in a neutral position to minimize or eliminate snoring. If we find that your snoring is related to sleep apnea, you may be a good candidate for an oral appliance that will treat the problem safely and comfortably.

If your snoring is so loud and annoying that it wakes your partner, we’ll help you take the necessary steps to find the cause. Please contact our office and we will arrange an appointment for a consultation to get you the help you need.

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