How Dental Nightguards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Seattle for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Gollofon has helped many Seattle residents improve their quality of life with nightguards. Our team at AJ Gollofon, DDS invites you to come visit us today to find out more.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a very common condition. Everyone grinds their teeth at some point, but some Seattle folks do it so much (especially during the night) that it causes severe damage to their teeth, headaches, jaw aches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) issues and more. The problem is that most bruxism sufferers don’t know that they are actually clenching and grinding their teeth. The best treatment for bruxism is wearing a nightguard to protect your teeth from the most harmful grinding and clenching, which happens during sleep. The bruxism guards we offer at AJ Gollofon, DDS are custom-fitted to your mouth and extremely effective at protecting your teeth from damage and getting rid of bruxism symptoms.

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances are also a great way to get relief from sleep apnea. Seattle adults who frequently snore, wake up with a very sore or dry throat, feel fatigued during the day, and have to urinate many times during the night may be suffering from this disorder. Sleep apnea interferes with air flow, causing you to stop breathing as many as 400 times per night, and can have potentially life-threatening side effects.

In addition to CPAP machines, oral appliances are recognized by the FDA as an effective treatment method for sleep apnea. By slightly shifting your bite, sleep apnea appliances allow for increased airflow and normal breathing. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Gollofon will fit you with a custom-molded oral appliance to help you get your restful sleep back.

We care about making sure that everyone in Seattle enjoys quality sleep and can show it with a beautiful smile. For more information on nightguards or oral appliances, or to schedule a consultation, contact AJ Gollofon, DDS today!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/mouth-guards

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/news/20060203/mouth-guard-endorsed-for-sleep-apnea

Dr. A.J. Gollofon was born and raised in Woodinville, Washington, where he still resides today. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1983 and the University of Washington, School of Dentistry in 1987 where he graduated in the top 5 of his class. Dr. Gollofon has happily spent his entire professional career at his Lake City office. Dr. Gollofon is a proud member of the American Dental Association, as well as the Seattle-King County Dental Society. He was also Dr. of the Year for Seattle Study Club in 2015. He continues his education at frequent seminars throughout the year, and as a member of the world-renowned Seattle Study Club. This keeps Dr. Gollofon on the cutting edge of the newest techniques and technology in dentistry. Dr. Gollofon is married with two daughters. His hobbies include soccer, cycling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

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