ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
Effective preventive dentistry involves much more than regular exams and cleanings. At Icard and Strein Family Dentistry, we take a comprehensive approach that includes oral appliance therapy to protect your teeth and overall health.
Certain sports can pose a threat to your teeth. By wearing an athletic mouthguard, you are making a great choice for the future of your smile! Football, wrestling, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and many other sports require contact with other players or equipment. A custom mouthguard protects your teeth by absorbing some of the force from those impacts.
If you wake up with headaches, sensitive teeth, or sore jaw muscles, you may suffer from bruxism. Often, we can make this determination with an exam. Worn teeth, bite marks inside your cheeks, and bony tori under your tongue often indicate that you are clenching or grinding in your sleep.
A custom nightguard can protect your teeth from premature wear and relieve some TMJ discomfort by gently positioning your jaw into a more comfortable location. Our custom nightguards are designed to be comfortable, snug, and long lasting.
If you have ever shared a room with someone who snores, you know how it can destroy healthy sleep. In many cases, snoring is indicative of other serious medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
By wearing a custom snore guard, you can get a better night’s sleep and protect yourself from the complications of sleep disorders such as OSA.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing multiple times during the night. OSA can cause medical complications such as high blood pressure, mood disorders, and an increased likelihood for heart attacks, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.
Most OSA treatment comes with a recommendation of using a CPAP machine, though some patients do not tolerate it well. We offer a comfortable and convenient alternative by gently sliding your lower jaw forward to open your airway. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine considers oral appliance therapy a good alternative to the CPAP machine, and many patients prefer its convenience and comfort.