Our Etobicoke dentists offer a variety of dental appliances, such as mouth guards and snoring devices, to help protect your overall wellbeing.
Custom Mouth Guards
A mouth guard is a custom-made tray that fits over your teeth. It can be worn during sports activities to help protect your teeth from trauma, or during sleep to try to protect them from the effects of grinding and clenching.
Mouth Guards for Sports
If you get hit in the mouth during a high-impact activity, a mouth guard can help absorb the impact more evenly, providing a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue of your mouth.
Mouth Guards for Sleep
If you grind your teeth during sleep, a mouth guard can act as a barrier to help protect the teeth from damage. If you clench your jaw, a mouth guard may help prevent you from clenching and potentially provide some pain relief.
Sleep disorders, like sleep apnea and snoring, disrupt your sleep and negatively impact your overall health. When you fall into a deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state.
For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues can cause the airway to restrict, creating the sound of snoring as oxygen is forced past. For those with sleep apnea, the throat tissues over-relax, causing them to obstruct the airway, and forcing the brain to wake you up to breath.
Night Oral Appliances
Snoring and sleep apnea devices work by moving the lower jaw forward along with the tongue muscles to open the airway. This changes the flow of breath and may prevent you from waking up frequently during the night.