Mouthguards are a simple and effective solution to treat a number of different oral problems. The talented team of dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard make custom-fitted mouthguards to help their patients that are suffering from snoring, sleep apnea or teeth grinding. To learn more or get fitted for your mouthguard, schedule an appointment today by calling the Seattle office or use the convenient request appointment tool.
A mouthguard is a piece of plastic that’s worn over your teeth to either protect them from physical trauma (such as teeth grinding or sports injuries) or to address a problem with your jaw alignment and tongue placement (as is the case with snoring and sleep apnea).
At Sunrise Dental of Seattle/Ballard, the team of dental professionals make custom-fitted mouthguards that are designed to fit snugly over your teeth and perfectly in your mouth in order to address a number of oral health concerns.
While these custom-fitted mouthguards are more expensive than the generic or boil-and-bite varieties that you can get at a sporting goods store or pharmacy, they’re also more comfortable, durable, and effective at treating particular dental problems (generic and boil-and-bite mouthguards are really only effective at protecting you from sports injuries).
And many dental insurance plans do cover mouthguards!
The process for getting a mouthguard is quick, easy, and painless!
When you come into Sunrise Dental for a mouthguard, the friendly team of dentists uses a special molding material that you bite into to create an exact impression of your teeth. That mold goes to a lab, where a guard that fits perfectly over every nook and cranny of your smile is designed, maximizing comfort and effectiveness. As soon as your mouthguard is ready, you can come back to the office to pick it up and start using it!
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, can cause serious damage to your teeth and can leave your jaw and gums constantly sore. It can also wear down the enamel on your teeth, leaving them more susceptible to tooth decay.
A mouthguard is an excellent solution for patients with bruxism because it keeps your teeth separated while you wear it, thereby minimizing the damage from the grinding and clenching. For patients that grind, custom-designed dental mouthguards have a number of advantages over store-bought generic or boil-and-bite mouthguards. They are:
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes you to stop breathing for extended periods of time throughout the night, depriving your brain of oxygen and putting you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. An obstructed airway most typically causes sleep apnea, which also leads to snoring.
A custom-fitted mouthguard provides relief from snoring and sleep apnea by pushing your lower jaw and tongue forward, thereby keeping your airway open and allowing for a smooth flow of oxygen in and out of your mouth. Because mouthguards for snoring and sleep apnea have to do more than simply cover your teeth, it’s impossible to treat these conditions with generic or boil-and-bite mouthguards.
To begin the process of designing your custom-fitted mouthguard, schedule an appointment with the dental professionals at Sunrise Dental by calling the office or using the easy online booking tool.