Night guards, also known as mouth guards, dental guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints, are used to treat bruxism and sleep apnoea. Night guards act as a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to reduce tension and gives cushioning support to the muscles in your jaw. This protects your enamel, prevents face and jaw pain and provides relief from snoring.
Sleep apnoea is a condition characterized by pauses in breathing during your sleep. It may be accompanied with snoring.
What are the Different Types of Night Guards?
The different types of night guards include:
Soft Night Guards
These types of guards are common night guards for the treatment of bruxism used for mild or occasional teeth grinding. They are economical, easy to use, and fit comfortably. A disadvantage is a short lifespan as they are not recommended for long-term use.
Hard Night Guards
Advantages include a longer warranty period and prevention of teeth from shifting.
Disadvantages include discomfort during wearing due to their thickness and inflexibility. They may cause difficulty sleeping and can be expensive. They cannot be purchased over the counter as they require customized fitting by a dentist.
Dual-Laminate Night Guards
How to Choose/Select Night Guards?
There are a few tips that can help you to select a proper night guard for your needs.
- 9Select the thinnest night guard available
- 9Use it for 4-6 weeks to get used to it
- 9Wear it before you go to sleep
- 9Don’t wear it during the day
How to Find the Right/Perfect Fit of Night Guard?
You should visit your dentist to get a personalised fit for your night guard. The different types of night guards, based on size and fit, include: