Oral appliances are non-invasive treatment for a variety of dental conditions. Regardless of its use every appliances is custom-crafted to an excellent fit and function. Utilizing impressions of the patients mouth models are created allowing the appliances to be fabricated. Thus, whether a Patient grinds, bruxes, has obstructed sleep apnea, occlusal issues, or joint disorders oral appliances are an Exquisite choice.
People exposed to chronic stress or high pressure events can develop a damaging habit known as bruxism. Bruxism causes most of its damage during the sleeping hours. The grinding and clenching which accompanies bruxism is symptomatic of a malfunctioning chewing reflex. Typically, the incisors and canines (front six upper and lower teeth) grind against each other in a lateral direction. This side to side action causes undue stress on the muscles and TMJ. Patients complaining of earaches, headaches, and anxiety may actually have this condition.
Unfortunately, bruxism can be misdiagnosed or not at all, because it is only one of several causes of tooth wear.
Reason for Treatment
- Gum Recession and tooth loss– Bruxism can damage the soft tissue and lead to loose teeth and deep periodontal pockets where bacteria can colonize and destroy bone.
- Occlusal trauma – The abnormal wear patterns on the chewing surfaces.
- Arthritis – In chronic cases bruxism can affect the TMJ causing pain
- Myofascial pain – The grinding can shorten the teeth leading to chronic debilitating headaches.
OBSTRUCTED SLEEP APNEA
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are available. One treatment involves using a C-PAP which is a device that uses positive pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep. Another option is a mouthpiece such as a TAP Appliance to thrust your lower jaw forward during sleep. In some cases, surgery may be an option too.