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Mouthguards for Nighttime


Image of a mouthgaurd.Waking up feeling unrested, anxious, or with jaw pain can be a sign that you grind your teeth at night. At Laser Dental Bakersfield, we help hundreds of patients find the perfect mouthguard for nighttime to prevent these issues and to help them get a good night's sleep.

Getting a proper amount of restful sleep is imperative to your overall health, but if you clench or grind your teeth, chances are that you are not getting effective sleep. A mouthguard can help you stop grinding your teeth and get the sleep that you need.

What a Nighttime Mouthguard Does


A nighttime mouthguard protects your teeth. If you clench or grind your teeth every night, you could wear them down. This could cause damaged teeth that give you even more problems than just your lack of sleep. A properly fitting mouthguard can also prevent more serious health issues from occurring down the road. Chronic teeth grinding can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and mood swings from the pain and lack of sleep that you get each night.

Choosing the Right Nighttime Mouthguard


Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. Below are the most common types of nighttime mouthguards:
•  Over-the-counter mouthguard. You can find these mouthguards at most local drugstores and sporting goods stores. They are a one-size-fits-all appliance that may or may not work for you. Because each person's mouth is a different size and shape, it can be difficult for over-the-counter mouthguards to be comfortable for long-term wear.
•  Boil-and-bite mouthguards. Still, an over-the-counter mouthguard that anyone can buy, these mouthguards have a little more customization to them. After buying the mouthguard, you boil it in hot water to make the plastic pliable. You then place it in your mouth and 'mold' it to your teeth. It will not provide a perfect fit, but it is often better than generic mouthguards.
•  Custom mouthguards. This is the most effective mouthguard that we can provide you. We will take an impression of your mouth and send it off to our dental lab. The lab will create a custom mouthguard that fits your mouth perfectly. It provides you with comfortable and effective protection while you sleep.

Figuring Out Why You Grind Your Teeth


In addition to wearing a properly fitted mouthguard, we suggest that you come in for an appointment to figure out why you grind your teeth at night. While the mouthguard provides protection, it will not address the reason that you grind your teeth. Teeth grinding may be due to anxiety, stress, or sleep apnea.

During your exam, we can also look for any damage caused by your teeth grinding. Loose, chipped, and cracked teeth are common with this habit. Grinding your teeth hard enough can even misalign your jaw. Our dentists will evaluate the condition of your mouth and determine what treatment options you should explore to help restore your mouth's health.

Our staff is ready to help you put an end to the stressful habit of teeth grinding. Call Laser Dental Bakersfield at (661) 241-9144 today to make your appointment to claim your sleep back once again.

Location
4801 Wilson Rd Bldg C
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Hours
Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday:8am - 4pm



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