Nightguards, Splints, Sleep Apnea, and Anti Snoring Devices
There are various reasons why patients who visit Red Hill Dental Practice on the Mornington Peninsula, may request or be advised by their dentist to consider the benefits of nightguards, splints, sleep apnea or anti snoring devices. Below are just a few of the conditions that can benefit from oral appliance therapy:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching). Bruxism is a unique condition that can cause patients to unknowingly grind or clench their teeth when they sleep. This, in turn, can cause wear or cracking of the teeth, jaw pain, and chronic headaches. It can damage the smile, so using a special discreet custom made ‘Bruxism Splint’ (nightguard) at night can alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of extensive trauma to the teeth and gums. The forces generated while sleeping can be far greater than during the day.
- TMJ/TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorder, TMD, or jaw joint pain is a condition that affects many patients. It is characterized by pain in the joint of the jaw, chronic headaches and migraines, clicking and popping of the jaw joint, and extensive discomfort radiating from the ears down to the neck and shoulder. When TMJ/TMD is diagnosed, using a special discreet custom made ‘TMD Splint’ (nightguard) can alleviate these issues for most of our patients with the diagnosis.
- Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep apnoea, or OSA. Results in interrupted breathing during sleep and can impact one’s quality of life, can be addressed with a CPAP machine or oral appliance therapy. A special discreet custom made ‘OSA Splint’ (nightguard) can realign the upper and lower dental arches, and maintain open airways without using a large, uncomfortable device like the CPAP machine. It is a reliable, comfortable, and easy-to-use alternative that many patients prefer over the traditional CPAP device. We can now organise sleep studies in your own home.
- Snoring. Can be disruptive for one’s own sleep and for the sleep of others. A custom made ‘Anti Snoring Device/Splint’ (nightguard) can be the answer.
Call Red Hill Dental Practice today to learn more about oral appliances!
Nightguards, mouthguards, splints, sleep apnea and anti snoring devices can help patients with a wide selection of dental and oral health concerns. If you believe you could benefit from any of these oral appliances, we welcome you to call Red Hill Dental Practice to speak to our professionals about options for treatment. We are located at 135 Shoreham Road in Red Hill and can be reached for an appointment by calling (03) 5907 5942.