Some people may experience tension in their jaw when they sleep. This can lead to a number of issues, including headaches, ear aches or jaw pain upon waking up. If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing bruxism. While exact causes of bruxism continue to be unknown it has been linked to stress and an abnormal bite. Some people even grind their teeth at night without being aware of the damage they are causing themselves.
Fortunately, sleeping with a fitted nightguard can protect your teeth and help your jaw stay in a more healthy position. Depending on your needs your dentist can fit you with a night guard for your top or bottom teeth to minimize the impact of bruxism. Often, no invasive surgeries or procedures are necessary. If a custom mouthguard does not feel necessary to you, feel free to discuss your options with your dentist as a “boil and bite” mouthguard may suffice in some cases. The goal of your dentist is to provide you with affordable care and comfort, so be sure to mention any symptoms you may be experiencing so we can find the appropriate solution for you.