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Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are custom-made to fit the individual's mouth and provide specific benefits based on the intended purpose. Oral appliances can range from nightguards and retainers to sleep apnea devices and TMJ pain management devices, offering a non-invasive and effective approach to oral health and comfort.

At the Dentist

Oral Appliances

  • Nightguards, also known as dental splints or occlusal guards, are custom-made oral appliances worn during sleep to protect the teeth and jaw from the effects of teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. They create a cushioning barrier between the upper and lower teeth, reducing the risk of tooth damage, jaw pain, headaches, and other related issues. Nightguards help relax the jaw muscles, promote proper alignment, and provide relief from the symptoms associated with bruxism, improving sleep quality and overall oral health.

  • Retainers, on the other hand, are oral appliances used to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment. After braces or other orthodontic appliances are removed, retainers help keep the teeth in their corrected positions. They are custom-made to fit the unique shape of the individual's teeth and can be removable or fixed (bonded). Retainers apply gentle pressure on the teeth, preventing them from shifting back to their original misaligned positions. By wearing retainers as directed, individuals can preserve the alignment achieved through orthodontic treatment and prevent the need for further orthodontic work.

  • Sleep apnea devices are oral appliances designed to manage sleep apnea, a condition characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and oral appliances are commonly used for this purpose. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air pressure to keep the airway open, while oral appliances reposition the jaw and tongue to prevent airway collapse. These devices help improve breathing, reduce snoring, alleviate daytime fatigue, and promote better sleep quality for individuals with sleep apnea.

  • For individuals experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, oral appliances such as splints or mouthguards can provide relief. These devices are designed to alleviate pressure on the TMJ and reduce clenching or grinding habits. By providing a cushioning effect and promoting proper jaw alignment, oral appliances for TMJ pain can help reduce discomfort, alleviate muscle tension, and improve jaw functionality. They are often used in combination with other treatment approaches to manage TMJ disorders and promote overall jaw health.

Patient at his Consultation Appointment for Sleep Apnea Applicance

Need an Oral Appliance?

If you have any more questions about nightguards or other custom oral appliances, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

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