When you think of a night guard, you may imagine night-time guards that protect teeth from knocking against each other; however, there are a myriad of conditions which mouth guards can help prevent, reverse and treat including:
- Sleep apnea
- Enamel loss
- Gum injuries
- Lost teeth
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects as many as 22 million Americans. Most of the time, it’s benign. The only consequences it has in moderate cases are snoring and waking up from sleep. Unfortunately, more serious cases of sleep apnea can lead to longer interruptions in breathing and even death.
Fortunately, correcting sleep apnea doesn’t have to involve antibiotics, surgery or muscle-relaxing antidepressants. It can be as simple as getting a mouth guard that clears the patient’s airway, freeing them to breathe comfortably.
Bruxism is another common condition associated with sleep apnea. Bruxism sufferers grind their teeth and sometimes knock them against one another. Bruxism can make your teeth deteriorate and increase your vulnerability to:
- Tooth decay
- Nerve pain
In extreme cases, bruxism can force a patient to replace their teeth completely.
Mouth guards are popular with football players, hockey players and boxers; however, even non-contact sports can result in the loss and injury of teeth. This can be extremely painful and very costly. Why not make sure your teeth, or your child’s, are protected from the very start with a set of custom-fitted mouth guards?
To find out more about how we can help you with these conditions and many others, call us for a free consultation. Our number is (732) 290-1660 and our staff is always happy to answer all your questions and offer whatever advice you may need.