Night Guard for Grinding???
You probably have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) if you are grinding your teeth at night. And if you do have OSA, the night guard may make your OSA worse!
Do you wake up with a sore jaw? Has your dentist told you that your grinding has damaged some of your teeth? Do you have a lot of crowns on your back teeth? Do you have root canals on your back teeth? Remember, a night guard only addresses the symptoms of your grinding—not the cause! You need a solution that gets rid of the grinding for good.
Have you been told that the grinding (bruxism is the medical term) is caused by the stress in your life? You need to find the real cause and get rid of it and not just treat the symptoms.
Some of the consequences of grinding include loss of tooth enamel, tooth fracture, abscessed teeth, yellowed teeth, gum recession, jaw joint problems (TMJ), and the need for multiple crowns and root canals.
In obstructive sleep apnea, a person’s airway relaxes to the point of being sucked closed or obstructed during sleep. The body responses by bruxing and pushing the lower jaw forward to open the airway. This is the body’s life-saving response to the obstruction. And a night guard cannot fix that! An oral device that is worn nightly keeps your lower jaw in a forward position and keeps your airway open. Night guards fail in treating the real cause of most bruxism.