Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and overall well-being. Sleep plays a critical role in physical and mental health by allowing our bodies to repair and rejuvenate, and it is necessary for optimal cognitive function. However, many people struggle with sleep-related issues such as teeth grinding, snoring, and sleep apnea, which can negatively impact the quality of their sleep.
Fortunately, Dental Arts Group in Elmer, NJ offers night guards and sleep apnea appliances that can help support a healthy night of sleep and improve overall health and wellness. Read below to learn more about our solutions!
Night Guard For Bruxism
Dental Arts Group takes night grinding (bruxism) and clenching seriously. The effects of untreated grinding can be devastating to both teeth and the jaw joint (TMJ).
Grinding and clenching of teeth typically occur most when we are sleeping, and many patients are not aware they are grinding at night. This common condition results in the loss of tooth enamel on both the top chewing tooth surface and the sides of the teeth. This lost tooth structure is very hard to replace, if possible at all. Therefore, the best thing patients can do is proactively prevent further loss of tooth structure by wearing a custom-fitted grinding guard or night guard.
Night guards are very comfortable 3D-printed protection retainers that allow for optimal protection of teeth as well as the TMJ. Night guards prevent the TMJ, jaw joint, and associated muscles from activating at their full capacity—thereby eliminating tension. Professionally fabricated digital night guards provide superior comfort and protection compared to store-bought guards. Our night guards are easy to clean and adapt to and take a simple three-minute digital scan to fabricate. Call today to learn more about our night guards!
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance
Sleep apnea is a very serious health condition that can greatly damage your health and be life-threatening if left untreated. The condition is known to increase cardiac conditions and decrease life span as a result of decreased oxygen when sleeping. Snoring and sleep apnea also can also cause distress for bed partners and families.
Until recently, the only available treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP machine; while CPAP is extremely effective for patients that can tolerate it, the pressurized mask and bulky setup itself can also interfere with patients’ sleep. The good news is there are now additional therapies to treat sleep apnea and stop snoring.
Dental Arts Group dentists are trained to offer medical-grade oral appliances for sleep apnea therapy. Oral appliances are an excellent first-line therapy for most mild and moderate sleep apnea patients; they are lightweight, easy to adjust to, and easy to clean! Contact our office to learn more about these appliances!
The Importance Of Quality Sleep
Quality sleep is essential for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is during sleep that our bodies repair and regenerate tissues, and our brain consolidates memories and processes information. Some of the key benefits of quality sleep include:
- Improved physical health: Quality sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, regulating metabolism, and reducing the risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
- Improved mental health: Sleep is essential for regulating mood and emotions. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, anxiety, and depression.
- Better cognitive performance: Sleep plays a crucial role in consolidating knowledge, processing information, and improving cognitive performance. Good sleep can enhance problem-solving skills, creativity, and concentration.
- Reduced risk of accidents: Sleep deprivation can impair judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents both on the road and in the workplace.
At Dental Arts Group, we understand the importance of quality sleep and how it affects not only your oral health but also your overall well-being. That’s why we encourage our patients to value their oral health at night by investing in appliances to prevent sleep apnea and bruxism. By addressing these conditions, our patients can improve their sleep quality and reduce the risk of associated health problems. Contact our office today to learn more about our night health appliances!