When a patient is diagnosed with bruxism, a teeth grinding problem, one of the remedies that is suggested to resolve the issue is a night guard. The mouthguard or night guard does not really stop the habit of teeth clenching and grinding, but it helps the patient prevent possible damage to his or teeth. The mouth guard is an oral appliance that the patient wears during sleep so that it can absorb all the grinding and clenching forces. A nightguard functions by protecting the teeth surfaces from being worn down from constant grinding and clenching during sleep. It is worn every night or every time the person sleeps, to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, which can cause you to chip or crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles. The over-the-counter, store-bought night guards are one-size-fits-all and therefore are not as effective. Our night guards are made in a laboratory from an impression of your mouth that is carefully taken by one of our dental professionals. We will be providing you with a custom-made night guard that will be both more effective and comfortable.
A sport mouth guard is an appliance that is prescribed to athletes to protect their teeth from being damaged from a physical blow to the face or an accident. A sport mouth guard is usually made with a thicker material and given its purpose, it is made to extend to cover the entire jaw, even the gum tissue so that the entire mouth can be protected. Here at our office, we offer laboratory-made PlaySafe® sports mouth guards and they offer the highest level of protection during sports activity. When worn properly, they can prevent dental trauma, such as fractured teeth. They are also indicated for patients with braces, who must wear a mouth guard for preventive measures. PlaySafe mouth guards can be customized with stickers and team logos, and are available in a variety of colors to fit the personality of every athlete.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option our dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Our dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Please talk to our dentist about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you or your children.