Turns out, you’ve started grinding your teeth in your sleep. How did your dentist know? They know more than you think, like when you say you floss every day. But it is likely that your teeth have begun to wear down, which will cause various issues down the line.
For those that don’t know, a night guard is a plastic mouthpiece that is custom fitted to your mouth. Mouth guards help a myriad of dental problems, such as help relieve the systems of TMJ or bruxism (teeth grinding).
So, you’ve recently gotten a mouth guard. You’re right – it is bulky and feels weird in your mouth. How are you going to be able to sleep with this thing in your mouth? Here are a few key points to remember as you begin to adjust. Because you will adjust – don’t worry.
First off, ask your dentist to start out with a thin night guard, since it’ll take up less bulk in your mouth and will be easier to get used to and have them fabricate both an upper and lower night guard to see which one you find more comfortable. In many cases, it’s merely a function of whether it’s an upper or lower that determines one’s comfort and acceptance of the dental device.
Put your night guard in right before you go to bed to lessen the chances that you’ll find it bothersome. Many people tend to fall asleep within five minutes. It will take some time but stick it through for at least 30 days in order to get used to this habit. It will do wonders in the long run.
If you’d like to find out more about mouth guards, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.