Sleep bruxism is a term used to describe people who clench or grind their teeth at night, with one study finding that about 8.6% of people suffer from it. It can cause tooth damage and disrupted sleep, and often occurs due to daytime stress, anxiety, caffeine consumption, sleep apnea, or some combination thereof.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night, speak to Dr. Aerni as a custom nightguard may offer you relief from the related symptoms. Additionally, some night guards are designed specifically to promote the relaxation of your jaw muscles, something that’s useful for those who have problems with severe grinding or clenching of their teeth.
Nightguards are worn when you sleep and can help lessen the wear and tear on your teeth and help prevent fractures from occurring. A proper diagnosis is recommended so that we can provide you with a nightguard that is custom-made to your specific needs.
Caring for your nightguard
- Be sure to brush and floss before wearing your nightguard.
- Don’t bend your nightguard, as it’s important that it maintains its shape.
- Keep your nightguard clean. Wash it after each use with soap and cool water.
- Before storing your nightguard, soak it in mouthwash.
- Keep your nightguard in its proper, ventilated storage box.
- Call us if you need the fit adjusted or are experiencing any other problems with your nightguard.