Dental Mouth Guard
Protection for your teeth
Our teeth are subjected to tremendous forces every day from regular chewing, speaking or habits such as grinding, nail biting and more.
Unlike the other hard structures of the human body like bones or nails, the tooth is not able to heal. This means that any damage, crack or chip to the tooth is permanent and irreversible.
What is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding or bruxism is the habit of gnashing or clenching the teeth together unconsciously. It may either happen during the day, or at night as sleep bruxism.
- Grinding teeth causes premature wear of the tooth, and as the teeth become worn out and shorter, there will be facial changes with loss of vertical dimension and shortening of the lower face (below the nose to chin area will look shorter)
Types of Dental Mouth Guard
Grinding Mouth Guard
Sleep bruxism or night grinding is involuntary. This means it is not possible to control.
A grinding mouth guard or night guard is worn during sleep to protect the teeth from damage.
In some cases, teeth grinding or clenching can cause pain. The pain may be experienced as a tightness in the facial muscles, or in severe cases, can be debilitating pain that limits function.
Most of the time, a grinding mouth guard is able to resolve the pain. However, a percentage of people will need a more specialised dental splint to solve the issue.
Please consult our dentist immediately if you are experiencing pain.
Same Day, Emergency appointments available
Sports Mouth Guard
The sports mouth guard is worn to protect the teeth against any damage that might happen during sports.
Especially recommended for contact sports such as soccer, football, boxing etc. or any other activity where trauma is possible
- Any impact to the face can be transmitted to the teeth, causing tooth fracture or loosening of the teeth.
- Wearing the sports mouth guard will help to mitigate the shock and protect the teeth
- If the impact is very high and there is sustained damage or pain to the teeth, please contact us immediately for a full check for any damage to the teeth and bone.
3D Printed Custom Mouth Guard
Each mouthguard that we create is individually made with our in-house dental laboratory for quality control, ensuring an optimum fit for better comfort when wearing your mouth guard.
Sleep Apnea and Dentistry
In some people, Sleep Apnea may worsened by your jaw position, constricted upper jaw, or crowded teeth.
Grinding teeth or bruxism has been linked with sleep apnea. in mild cases of sleep apnea or snoring, dental treatment may be able to improve the condition.
Our dentist can help to assess whether your condition is suitable to be treated dentally or if you need to be referred to a sleep doctor or ENT for treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea? How Does it Affect Me?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you stop breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. The blood oxygen saturation in patients with sleep apnea may drop to dangerously low levels during sleep causing hypoxemia.
Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.
When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea.
Source: National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute USA (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea)