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How a Night Guard Can Improve Your Sleep

Published on December 21st, 2018

It is extremely frustrating to do everything you can to get a good night’s sleep only to constantly feel tired throughout the day. Have you ever considered that the problem behind your tiredness might just be your oral health? Our dentist in Chicago can provide you with the options that you need to help turn a frustrating night’s sleep into a peaceful, consistent slumber.

Occlusal Guard

Have you heard of an occlusal guard? It is an oral device that helps protect your biological teeth from any potential grinding or clenching that occurs during the night.This is something that you likely do without even realizing it, however, it can lead to the loss of tooth enamel and increase your chances of straining your jaw. Simply wear the guard while you are sleeping to help prevent damage! You’ll likely forget that you are even wearing the guard.

Sleep Apnea

Another tooth-related sleep disorder that often goes unnoticed is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is a particular breathing cessation that is followed by being slightly awake. Those who suffer from OSA often also experience snoring frequently. This cycle often occurs multiple times throughout the night and manifests itself as constant tiredness and impaired cognition. In this case, our dentist in Chicago would recommend a sleep apnea device to help improve your lower jaw placement, resulting in an open airway.

Are you worried that you may suffer from worn-down teeth because of constant grinding or a lack of sleep due to sleep apnea? Contact our dentist in Chicago to schedule an appointment to not only help improve your oral health but your quality of life.

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