There are a host of ways custom mouthguards can protect you or offer relief for your pain or discomfort. Our Edgewood, KY dentists offer custom mouthguards for sports, TMJ mouthguards, and snoring appliances that fit precisely, unlike mouthguards purchased at sports stores, drugstores, or online retailers. Along with the materials we use, these mouth guards offer maximum effectiveness to protect your teeth during sports, keep you from grinding your teeth, or prevent you from snoring.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, your bed partner may be constantly awakened by your loud snoring, choking sounds, gasping for air, or pauses in your breathing. This is a result of your airway muscles relaxing when they should not. Dr. McMahon can help diagnose and treat sleep apnea, which is different from normal but disruptive snoring.
To help open up your airway and prevent snoring, we can make custom snoring appliances that you can wear while you sleep. One snoring appliance, called a mandibular advancement device (MAD), looks like a dental mouthguard and snaps over your teeth. Another device we recommend less frequently is a mouth splint that repositions the tongue allowing you to breath better.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea and whether you have it, visit our Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions page, or contact our Edgewood, KY dental office for a sleep apnea consultation.
Commonly referred to as TMJ, TMJ disorder (TMD) is characterized by jaw pain, muscle pain in your face, neck, and shoulders, headaches and migraines, and clicking and popping in your jaw. It can have several causes, including jaw injury, bad bite, arthritis, and grinding and clenching your teeth, known as bruxism.
If your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is causing you pain, see us for a consultation. TMJ can be difficult to diagnose, but Dr. McMahon will provide a thorough evaluation and help determine whether TMJ disorder is the culprit for your pain.
The most common and conservative way to relieve TMJ pain is with a mouthguard. We will fit you for a custom nightguard that you can wear at night. This plastic guard will prevent your teeth from grinding against each other, which can reduce your pain and headaches. It can also protect your teeth from getting worn down or fracturing from all the additional pressure.
Some TMD sufferers also find relief through physical therapy. Edgewood, KY dentists work with a local clinic to coordinate your TMJ physical therapy.
If you don’t wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports, you may be facing the consequences of missing teeth. According to the American Dental Association, athletes are up to 60 times more likely to suffer a dental injury if they do not wear an athletic mouth guard.
Don’t put your teeth at risk when you play sports. Edgewood Dental Care will fit you with a custom sports mouthguard that is more comfortable, more effective, and much more durable than a store-bought mouth guard. We can also make adjustments or repairs if needed.
Do you need a mouth guard for snoring, TMJ pain, or sports? Contact your Edgewood, KY dentists to keep you safe with our custom mouthguards. You can reach us during normal business hours at 859-474-7830 or set up your appointment any time through our online form. We look forward to protecting your teeth and your health soon!