ADA Accessibility Information
Accessibility

A
A

A

Is an Oral Appliance Necessary When You Struggle with Bruxism?


Posted on 7/23/2019 by Barbara Ketchum
Is an Oral Appliance Necessary When You Struggle with Bruxism?If you suffer from bruxism, you need some type of intervention in order to help with the condition. Clenching and grinding the teeth can lead to long-term consequences. While some dental patients wear an oral appliance for bruxism treatment, it isn't the only option available.

What is an Oral Appliance?

An oral appliance is a guard that fits like a sports guard, and it is only worn during sleep. It supports the jaw by keeping it in a forward position to ensure the airway stays open. Research has shown that it is an effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and many patients appreciate it because it is portable, quiet, and easy to wear. Some patients also use oral appliances to protect the teeth from bruxism.

Bruxism appliances work to protect the teeth against nighttime clenching and grinding. This activity puts unnecessary stress onto the teeth and jaw bone. Over time, the top surfaces of the teeth could flatten, and in severe cases, the teeth may even break or shift positions. A bruxism appliance or mouth guard can help.

Are There Other Ways to Treat Bruxism?

While an oral appliance is certainly helpful in bruxism cases, it only prevents the symptoms and doesn't get to the bottom of the problem. Most people clench and grind their teeth due to stress or anxiety, so treatment should be pursued in those areas. The right medication could make a world of difference in stress levels and may stop the patient's bruxism altogether. Breathing techniques, mediation, some yoga practices, and even talk therapy could also help to decrease stress levels.

Are you struggling with bruxism and need to find the right treatment plan? If so, please call our office today to set up an appointment. We will provide a dental cleaning and will thoroughly evaluate your bruxism issue.
Serving Salem Keizer Community since 1987

We provide dental services for the entire family from children to older adults. Our entire team of caring Doctors, hygienists and support staff pride ourselves on a high level of patient care.

Using the latest in modern dental technology our services range from sealants to complex implant surgery. Our goal is a comfortable experience for our patients with beautiful results.


Smile more :-) Call today

(971) 600-0211


Located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley.

Convenient hours
Monday–Friday
7am–5pm

Clock icon for Oak Park Dental, Salem Dentist
Map Pin icon for Oak Park Dental, Salem Dentist
3380 Astoria Way NE
Salem, OR 97305

Phone icon for Oak Park Dental, Salem Dentist (971) 600-0211

Contact Us icon for Oak Park Dental, Salem Dentist Contact Us

Get new patient forms
Read and Leave a review for Oak Park Dental - Dentist Salem on Google Places Check out Oak Park Dental - Dentist Salem on Facebook Read and Leave a review for Oak Park Dental - Dentist Salem on Yelp
Read & write reviews

Check out Oak Park Dental - Dentist Salem on Twitter Watch Oak Park Dental - Dentist Salem videos on Youtube
Connect with us!

Copyright © 2017-2019 Oak Park Dental and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links