Protect Your Teeth, Get Better Sleep
Sportsguards & Nightguards in Providence
Many patients suffer from TMJ/TMD, teeth grinding, and jaw pain that can be remedied with custom mouthguards and night guards. As experienced general dentists, Drs. Light, Conforti, and Zarrella can help you get relief from a number of oral issues that can cause poor-quality sleep. We’ll assess your situation and provide life-changing solutions that will give you the pain relief and restful sleep you deserve.
Treating Clenching & Grinding
How Do Nightguards Work?
Teeth clenching and grinding is also known as “bruxism.” Our teeth are not designed to be clenched together for long periods of time, and if have bruxism, you’re putting excessive stress on your jaw muscles, teeth, and gums. This can lead to other issues like tooth pain, premature enamel wear, TMJ/TMD, and even cracks and chips in your teeth. Clenching and grinding are both very common at night, so we often recommend night guards for patients who have bruxism. A night guard is made of plastic and worn over your teeth when you sleep to prevent direct contact and excessive stress. In turn, this prevents teeth grinding and helps protect your smile from its damaging effects.
Relief From Jaw Pain
The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull, located just below your ear. This small, delicate joint is used for many daily activities like chewing, speaking, and yawning, and if it becomes damaged or inflamed, it can lead to many disruptions and frustrations. TMD/TMJ has a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms, such as radiating pain in the jaw and head, difficulty or sensitivity when chewing, aching facial pain, “clicking” or “grating” sensations when moving your jaw, and even difficulty opening and closing your mouth. At our office, we can treat the symptoms of TMJ/TMD with an oral appliance. Similar to a mouthguard or retainer, a TMJ/TMD appliance is designed to shift your jaw into a healthier position and encourage healing by reducing pressure on the jaw joint and re-aligning the bite.
Enjoy More Restful Sleep
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, and many do not even know they have the condition. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing proper breathing. This can result in symptoms such as poor quality sleep, forgetfulness, drowsiness in the morning, snoring, and morning headaches. Prolonged, untreated apnea can also lead to a higher risk of stroke and heart attack, since it prevents proper breathing and blood oxygenation. Oral appliances can shift the jaw position during sleep and prevent the oral tissue from collapsing to give you a peaceful, unobstructed sleep.
Schedule A Consultation Today
Explore Your Treatment Options
Whether you have TMJ/TMD, bruxism, or you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Light, Dr. Conforti and Zarrella can help. To discuss your symptoms and schedule your first appointment, give us a call at (401) 351-0072, or visit our office at 189 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906.