Dental Devices

 

Dental Devices

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.

If you grind or clench your teeth or struggle with snoring or sleep apnoea, we’d love to help. Click here to contact us or call us at 01403 252646.

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COVID-19 Update

Worthing Road Dental Practice is open. However, we may prioritise the vulnerable or those with the most urgent need. Get in touch with the practice if you need any advice.

There are no restrictions with regards to medical treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments. At WRDP we have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will continue to follow our high standards in cross infection control.

If you are worried about your attendance, please contact us to discuss your concerns and we can always postpone your treatment till a later date.

We continue to recommend that patients in the high-risk category delay non-essential treatment until further guidance has been given by the relevant authorities.

Before you arrive:

According to NHS England Standard Operating Procedures, all patients now have to complete a COVID-19 Health Screening form before arriving for every appointment. We will also ask you to update your medical history, personal details, complete an oral health survey, etc. Therefore, we will email or text you a link, where you can complete all the forms. No need to print or sent anything back to us, it is all electronically uploaded.

You must wear a mask at all times while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional.

We will continue to check your temperature and if this is above 37.8C, you will be advised to rebook your treatment and to follow government guidelines. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for an appointment due to social distancing guidelines.

As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfectant your hands.

The treatment rooms will be prepared prior to your appointment with all surfaces disinfected after each patient. We have sourced PPE and unlike the start of the Pandemic (March 2020 in the UK), there is no shortage.

Stay safe and please contact us if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Worthing Road Dental Practice Team

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