TMD and Orofacial Pain Management
Do you have pain in your face, jaw, or teeth? Do you have trouble chewing? Does your jaw make clicking or popping noises? These symptoms can be caused by temporomandibular disorders (TMD). This term describes a group of problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and nearby muscles. TMD-related problems include: tight muscles, joint inflammation, joint damage, and teeth grinding (bruxing) or clenching. Your dentist can advise you about treatment options such as diet changes, medication, therapy and dental appliances designed to reduce pressure on the joint.
BRUXING OR CLENCHING
If you grind or clench your teeth, a splint may help. A splint is an appliance that fits in the mouth. It may also be called an orthotic or night guard. A splint can keep the upper and lower teeth apart, helping to protect tooth surfaces from grinding and reducing strain on the area from clenching.
SNORING AND OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, totally blocking the airway. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with cardiovascular problems and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with a medical device known as CPAP (continuous positive air pressure applied through the nose), by oral appliances and by surgery or by a combination of these approaches.
Oral appliances have several advantages over other forms of therapy. They are comfortable and easy to wear and care for. They are convenient and the treatment is reversible and non-invasive. Oral appliances that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are devices worn in the mouth, similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouthguards.
Protection matters and unfortunately not all sports mouth guards are created equal. Over-the-counter (boil and bite) type mouth guards do not fit as accurately as custom fabricated types so they often are uncomfortable and frequently interfere with the athletes breathing and speaking ability. You need the protection of a custom-fitted, multi-laminated mouth guard such as the Playsafe, we carry here at Miles of Smiles.
Over 5 million teeth will be knocked out at sporting events this year alone. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones. Everyone can benefit from custom fitted mouthguards. From the littlest boys and girls on soccer teams all the way up to professional athletes, there’s no reason anyone should put their teeth at risk. We at Miles of Smiles can custom fabricate a mouthguard for every athlete. Choose your own colors or match team colors. Watch a free video at www.glidewell-lab.com
Our sports mouth guards are available in a variety of styles depending
on the sport and they come in a number of fun colors that young athletes
love. Start by choosing the level that is correct for your sport:
Junior: 1 layer of EVA material with added incisal and occlusal protection and a thickness of 3mm. Designed specifically for children with mixed dentition. (Only available in these solid colors: yellow, red, blue, green, black, ivory, white confetti, or black confetti).
Light: 2 layers of laminated EVA material with a thickness of 3 mm. Designed for wrestling, volleyball, mountain biking, and motocross. (Only available in bright yellow, bright red, light blue and green).
Medium: 2 layers of laminated EVA material with a thickness of 5 mm. Specially fabricated for soccer, rugby, basketball, softball, rollerblading, skating and skateboarding.
Heavy: 2 layers of laminated EVA material with 3 unique power dispersion bands and a 5 mm thickness. Specially designed for baseball, football, racquetball, martial arts and boxing.
Heavy Pro: 3 layers of laminated EVA material (one hardened layer) with a thickness of 5 mm. Custom fabricated for ice, field and street hockey along with kickboxing and other heavy contact sports where blows from pointed objects are expected.