If you are having trouble sleeping, it is important that you see if you’ve developed a sleep disorder. And if this happens to be the case, you will be prescribed a night guard in order to get a better night’s sleep. Unfortunately, mouth guards are generally quite bulky, and it may be the bulkiness of the night guard that bothers you and your gag reflex.
For those that don’t know, a night guard is a mouthpiece that is custom-fitted to your mouth to help a myriad of dental problems and relieve the systems of TMJ or bruxism. As you become used to your new night guard, follow the following instructions:
- Ask your dentist to start out with a thin night guard that will be easier to get used to.
- Have your family dentist fabricate both an upper and lower night guard to see which one you find more comfortable. Find which is more comfortable and get a thicker one fabricated after you adjust to its feeling.
- Put your night guard in right before you go to bed to lessen the chances that you’ll find it bothersome.
- Take at least 30 days to get used to the night guard and create a habit.
Be aware that night guards are an aid for bruxism, but it doesn’t fix the dental problem. Find out why you are grinding or clenching your teeth and make changes to your lifestyle to quit the habit. Wearing a night guard won’t do anything but protect your teeth. It will not do anything for your muscles and jaw joints from working overtime.
If you’d like to find out more about night 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.