One of our goals is to provide the most conservative general dental treatment possible in every situation. Oral appliances offer simple, non-invasive care for a variety of conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe will provide excellent fit and function as it is custom made for you, specifically.
LoveJoy Dentistry’s oral appliances in Lucas, TX, use exact models of your teeth to ensure a custom fit. You can wear them on either your upper or lower teeth or both at the same time if necessary. Whether we’re treating nighttime sleep grinding, diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, bite problems, or jaw joint disorders, oral appliance therapy is beneficial to your treatment. Dr. Alex Rouse, DDS, employs a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.
Oral Appliances for Teeth Grinding
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies and can withstand a tremendous amount of force. However, possible damage can occur to this highly mineralized surface, especially when grinding forces start to wear it away. A habit of nighttime clenching or grinding will harm teeth, muscles, and jaw joints over time. Protecting against abrasive forces is critical in these cases.
Teeth grinding is when a person clenches or actively creates friction between their upper and lower teeth. This can occur either knowingly or unknowingly, when asleep or awake. If you are an awake teeth grinder, then it could be a nervous habit. Most often, teeth grinding occurs at night and can be effectively reduced with oral appliances in Lucas, TX.
At LoveJoy Dentistry, we utilize custom-crafted mouthguards as an answer to nighttime teeth grinding. You sleep with these guards in. The custom fit ensures they remain aligned and prevent your teeth from coming into contact as you sleep.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Despite being a dental office, we are concerned about the overall health of our patients, including sleep health. A surprising number of people suffer needlessly from dangerous sleep disruptive disorders that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night. This is the condition known as sleep apnea. The risk of a heart attack is 23 times more likely than average with a sleep disorder, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with sleep apnea before an attack.
Many people mistake sleep apnea for terrible snoring. However, there is a significant difference. Sleep apnea actually causes your airways to close, and this can be incredibly dangerous.
Thankfully, LoveJoy’s oral appliances in Lucas, TX, can provide an effective solution. Mouth guards for sleeping can position your jaw in a precise way to keep your airways open as you sleep. This allows for proper airflow, less snoring, and better health. It can even help you sleep better. CPAP machines are another option. These are masks that provide positive air flow through your nostrils to keep your airways open.
Even if you don’t suffer from sleep apnea, you (or your partner) may experience significant snoring during the night. If your snoring is affecting your sleep, there are options to help you. Our oral appliances can also be used to help prevent the physical causes of snoring, providing you and your partner a quiet night’s sleep.
Find Out More About Oral Appliances from LoveJoy Dentistry
You may be pleasantly surprised to learn of the benefits oral appliances could provide you. A simple set of custom mouthguards can protect your teeth from wearing and cracking due to teeth grinding. A similar solution could also completely change the way you sleep by preventing the airway closure that causes sleep apnea. Even if you’re just a loud snorer, the right oral appliances can have you sleeping without a sound. Contact LoveJoy Dentistry today at 972.449.7411 to schedule an appointment!