Nightguards, mouthguards, and oral appliances for protection against snoring and bruxism
Certain dental conditions may benefit from additional services from a dental provider. Dr. Jamie Richard of Golden, Colorado, and her team at Dentistry at Golden Ridge encourage you to ask about using nightguards, mouthguards, and oral appliances for improved oral health and for the treatment of certain dental concerns that may arise with time.
What are the primary purposes of nightguards, mouthguards, and other oral appliances?
There are several conditions and concerns that can be addressed with the use of special oral appliances. Below are just a few of the reasons why Dr. Richard and her team will encourage patients to consider these prosthetics:
- Bruxism. Our dental team may suggest a nightguard or mouthguard for clenching and grinding teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism can cause damage to the smile as well as symptoms such as chronic headaches and migraines.
- TMJ/TMD. Patients diagnosed with TMJ/TMD may benefit from wearing a mouthguard to keep the upper and lower jaw properly aligned and cushion the teeth and gums from the tension that this neuromuscular condition can cause.
- Snoring and sleep apnea. Patients who snore or have been diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing, such as obstructive sleep apnea, can use a special mouthguard for sleeping that aligns the jaw and maintains an open airway to eliminate the constant cessation of breathing that can occur with these conditions.
- Sports activities. If you are involved in a high-contact sport such as hockey or soccer, you will want to have a customized mouthguard made with Dr. Richard and her team to protect your teeth and gums from potential damage.
How do I learn more about nightguards, mouthguards, and oral appliances?
Dr. Jamie Richard and her Golden, CO, area team at Dentistry at Golden Ridge work directly with patients to help them understand the benefits of certain oral appliances when it comes to the protection and treatment of common dental concerns. If you suspect you could benefit from a unique, custom-made device, call (303) 951-8515 to request an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 755 Heritage Road, Suite #120. We serve patients in and around the communities of Evergreen, Morrison, Littleton, and Idaho Springs, CO.