Dental Guards Used in by Our Manhattan Dentist
TMJ and bruxism: A dental guard, when it comes to treating a patient’s TMJ or Bruxism, may or may not be necessary. The dentist at our Manhattan office is trained to recognize and treat TMJ/TMD and Bruxism based on what is causing it in each patient. When treating these disorders, the dentist will look to place the jaw muscles, the joint, and the teeth in harmony. When the muscles are relaxed, the jaw isn’t stressed. A dental guard can help relax the jaw muscles.
Worn at night while you sleep, the dental guard will help to relax your jaw. In so doing, it comfortably prevents TMJ and Bruxism patients from grinding or clenching their teeth while they sleep. Not everyone with these disorders is in need of a dental guard, and Dr. Frederick Stange makes sure to stay up to date on what treatments are necessary to help make his patients more comfortable (link to your comfort).
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition in which sleep is interrupted several times during the night because of interruptions in normal breathing. Some sleep apnea patients can be treated by having the dentist make them a night guard to wear during sleep. This dental guard forces the lower jaw down and forward to open the air passageway.