Your dentist may recommend an oral device or splint to help ensure your long-term oral health. To ensure your splint or device is effective and comfortable, our laboratory technicians create custom-made devices, specifically designed for your teeth, mouth and particular problem.
Here are a few reasons why you may benefit from an oral device or splint:
Teeth Clenching or Grinding
You may be one of the 80% of adults who clench or grind your teeth. It typically occurs as you sleep and can be brought on by anxiety or stress. Clenching or grinding can lead to many physical problems such as a stiff neck and shoulders, headaches, migraines, disturbed sleep, wearing down of teeth, pain, or limited movement of the jaw called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
An oral device or occlusal splint may help relieve the painful symptoms that can occur from clenching or grinding and can also protect your teeth from further damage. An occlusal splint is a small plastic mouth guard, that is non-invasive and can be fitted and used immediately. The splint protects the teeth from premature wear, reduces jaw muscle activity and the noise from grinding the teeth.
There are different options available, and your dentist will discuss the best choices for you.
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
There are several solutions available for snoring and sleep apnoea. If the snoring is mainly coming from your mouth, you may benefit from a mandibular advancement splint (M.A.S.). The splint is most effective for both snoring and sleep apnoea as it gently holds your lower jaw and tongue forward, allowing your airway to open and making space to breathe and prevent snoring. Your splint will be made out of medical grade plastic.