What Are the Benefits of Sleeping With a Mouthguard?

What Are the Benefits of Sleeping With a Mouthguard?

February 1, 2022

Scores of people wake up with headaches and jaw pain and may not even know why this happens. Others have decided that this is their lot in life and have accepted it. What if there was a way to help you wake up feeling amazing and ready to conquer the day? Our dentist in Scottsdale, AZ, offers mouthguards to help you wake up without such issues.

You might be wondering, why mouthguards? This is because the main reason you have headaches, jaw pain, or strain every other morning is that you might be suffering from the night or sleep bruxism. In other words, you could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws while you are sleeping. If you have a roommate, they might have teased you about loud grinding sounds while asleep.

So, are you tired of living like this? Then, you need to come to our dental office and get a mouthguard or nightguard to deal with sleep bruxism. But if you are not convinced that you need them, check out their benefits:

  • Prevents Tooth Damage

Every once in a while, people might grind their teeth or clench their jaws. However, when you do this habitually, then you suffer from bruxism. The grinding force is a bit too much for the teeth, especially when you do it every other night.

Even though your teeth are sturdy, the grinding force will cause the teeth to wear out. When you start losing enamel, you will notice that your teeth have become sensitive. If you have fillings, the grinding force can damage them. People sometimes grind their teeth so hard that their teeth chip or break.

This is where nightguards come in. A nightguard resembles a sports guard that athletes use to protect their teeth from trauma. High-quality nightguards are found at our dental office, where our dentist can customize one for you. Nothing beats getting customized nightguards because they will fit perfectly.

You can wear them on the upper or bottom teeth so that they can cushion your teeth by preventing the upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other.

  • Decreases Jaw Pain and Tension

You will not know that you are clenching your jaws when you sleep. The jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) will be under strain. If you habitually do this, your jaw joint may be incorrectly aligned and can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

When you get a custom nightguard, you will have the chance to reduce the jaw tension and pain that jaw clenching causes. It will be comfortable, and you can sleep through the night since the nightguard will significantly reduce the stress on your jaw muscles.

So, this will reduce jaw pain and tension.

  • Prevents Headaches

One of the reasons for waking up with your head throbbing is clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. Bruxism can also cause toothaches, earaches, neck pains, and muscle fatigues.

This is why you should get a nightguard. You can say goodbye to all these aches associated with jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

  • Prevents Snoring

Even though snoring will not affect you as it would your partner or roommate, it is still worth addressing. One of the proven ways to deal with it is by using a nightguard.

Snoring usually comes about when you are not breathing as you should. When your jaw is clenched, it can create breathing problems. However, this is something that a nightguard can fix. This is because it will keep the bottom and upper jaw from touching when you wear it.

  • Provides Healthy Sleep Patterns

Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth might distort your sleeping patterns because it can cause discomfort. This might cost you valuable sleep and reduce your productivity during the day.

Nightguards are designed to relieve the discomfort to help create healthier sleep patterns. This is because they can help align the jaw and help your muscles relax, and in turn, you will have a good night’s rest.

  • Saves Money

A nightguard is a tiny investment that can save you a lot of money. You will part with so much more when you have to correct issues such as TMD, broken or chipped teeth.

So are you convinced that mouthguards are the way to go? Contact us at Landmark Smiles of Scottsdale to book an appointment.

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