Snoring & Teeth Grinding

Snoring and Teeth Grinding Treatment

Your oral anatomy and personal habits can both affect your smile’s integrity and sleep quality. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, frequent migraine headaches or flat, worn teeth, you could have an undiagnosed medical or health condition.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Splints

Bruxism is when a person subconsciously clenches and grinds their teeth. The excessive wear and tension can lead to broken tooth enamel and frequent headaches. Grinding typically occurs at times such as during sleep or while at work (especially if you have a stressful lifestyle).

By wearing a protective bite splint, you can reduce muscle tension, TMJ pain and excessive tooth wear. We may recommend bruxism splints if you’ve recently invested in cosmetic treatments, to avoid unwanted chipping over time.

Depending on when you tend to clench and grind your teeth the most, a bite splint can be worn during the day or while you’re sleeping.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring

Do you or your sleep partner snore regularly? A common cause of snoring is due to the positioning of your jaw and the soft tissues vibrating at the back of your throat. Wearing an oral sleep appliance (such as a Somnomed® device) can provide fast and effective relieve as soon as the first night you use it.

Somnomed works by guiding the lower jaw slightly forward, bringing your tongue with it. As a result, your soft palate, tonsils and other upper airway tissues stay open and allow oxygen flow. If you have sleep apnoea, Somnomed can be used alongside of or in lieu of CPAP machines in certain situations.

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