Dental appliances or dental orthotics are removable devices that can help protect the teeth and mouth and relieve conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea. Many dental appliances can be purchased from stores, but customized, professional-grade dental appliances often provide more effective and lasting results. Our dental team can design your dental appliance and have it created in a professional dental laboratory.
Night guards are dental appliances designed to fit over the teeth to protect them from nighttime teeth grinding. It can be tough to know if you grind your teeth while you sleep. If you wake up with pain in your face or jaw, or if your jaw makes a popping or clicking sound, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Check with your dentist about these symptoms and learn more about how a professionally made nightguard can help protect your teeth, soft tissue, and jaw.
After straightening the teeth with an orthodontic treatment plan such as braces, a retainer keeps your newly aligned teeth firmly in their new positions. Wearing a retainer throughout the day doesn’t need to be uncomfortable. We can make sure your retainer is fitted properly for you and provide you with all the tools, supplies, and tips you need to make wearing a retainer easy and straightforward. If you have recently had braces or clear aligner therapy, ask our dental team about dental retainers.
Sports Mouth Guards
Sporting events are where many dental and oral injuries occur. Even low-contact sports such as skiing can prove dangerous to the head, face, and mouth. If you or your children play sports, we highly recommend having a long-lasting sports mouth guard designed as an extra protector. Sports mouth guards are designed to be comfortable, easy to breathe through, and can protect the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, as well as the head and neck.
Snoring Devices & Sleep Apnea Devices
Getting a great night of sleep is a top priority for almost anyone, and when you’re having difficulty sleeping, it can severely impact your life. Snoring and sleep apnea are two conditions that are often to blame for your (and your sleep partner’s) lack of deep rest. In many cases of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea, simple oral devices fitted to your mouth can resolve the issues and help you get a full night of rest.
Oral Appliances for Snoring
The culprit behind snoring and sleep apnea is most often relaxation of the soft tissues at the top of the mouth and airway. The most common oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea are known as MADs (mandibular adjustment devices). These are typically molded to your teeth and designed to pull the lower jaw forward slightly, creating positive air pressure throughout the airway.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea may be keeping you up at night, but it can also be very hazardous to your health. Dental appliances may be able to correct mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. They may also be a good alternative for people who cannot tolerate other typical sleep apnea treatments, such as CPAP machines. If you snore chronically, be sure to ask your doctor about whether you have sleep apnea and what types of treatment are available.