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Mouthguards


Image of a mouthgaurdOur professionals here at McDonald Dental understand that some people need to use night mouthguards to protect their teeth, as well as prevent other conditions as they sleep. If you have any of the following conditions, then you are the right candidate for night mouthguards.

Teeth Grinding


Teeth clenching and grinding is part of a serious dental condition known as bruxism. This sleep-related disorder can create several problems, such as jaw pain, sore gums, tooth pain, and can cause damage to your teeth. That is the reason why you need to wear a mouthguard as you sleep, as this can help in keeping your lower and upper teeth separated. As a result, your teeth are not damaged because of clenching and grinding.

When you visit our offices for a consultation, our specialists will recommend different types of mouthguards to help in dealing with this condition. Stock mouthguards tend to be uncomfortable and challenging to keep in place, which can make it hard for you to sleep. Boil and bite mouthguards, on the other hand, are better fitting, but they can become weak and brittle as a result of frequent use.

In case you are not sure whether you require a mouthguard to assist you in dealing with bruxism, you can try out the boil and bite mouthguard for several nights. If it helps, consider visiting our offices and having one of our dentists fit you with a custom mouthguard.

Sleep Apnea


This is a sleep disorder, which can be potentially serious, and make you to temporarily stop breathing as you sleep. As a result, your brain can be in serious risk of lacking oxygen, and this can increase the possibility of a stroke or heart disease. Moreover, sleep apnea can lead to excessive snoring, and most people with this condition usually wake up feeling groggy the following morning.

Some people suffering from sleep apnea require a CPAP machine, which helps to keep their airways open as they sleep. However, if the condition is not serious, they can use custom mouthguards, which have the same results, like a CPAP machine.

Rather than just covering your teeth, the mouthguard functions by pushing the tongue and lower jaw forward, and this, in turn, keeps the airway open. Some mouthguards for this condition come with a strap, which goes around your chin and head, and this assists in re-adjusting of the lower jaw.

For patients with mild sleep apnea, our experts will not recommend the boil-and-bite and stock mouthguards, as they will not have any effect on their breathing. However, they will recommend customized mouthguards, which are very effective in dealing with the condition.

Heavy Snoring


Night mouthguards can assist in moderating snoring, which is mostly caused by the vibrations of the soft tissue found in the upper airway. The mouthguards help keep the airway open by pulling forward your lower jaw.

Therefore, if you are struggling with snoring, visit our offices today, and one of our dentists will advise you on the best mouthguard option to help you deal with the problem. If you have any of the above problems, then contact of our dentists here at McDonald Dental at (346) 250-3575 and they shall recommend the right mouthguard to you.

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