Night Guards

Night Guards

Stress is a fact of life, and everyone deals with it in different ways. If you cope by grinding or clenching your teeth, or if you just grind your teeth at night, call Merchant Square Dental at 845-986-1732. Our dentists, Dr. Syed Masihuddin or Dr. Pankaj Puri, will be happy to see you for an appointment for a night guard in Warwick, New York.

A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. If our dentists or team suspect that you suffer from bruxism, we may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep. Common signs of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding include:

  • Chronic jaw pain, facial pain and ear pain
  • Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
  • Frequent tension headaches and migraines
  • Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked or very worn teeth
  • Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
  • Indentations on the side of the tongue
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

If you notice the signs of bruxism, you may benefit from a custom night guard. This night guard will be made to fit your smile comfortably and effectively, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your teeth. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent the negative effects of teeth grinding. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.

frequently asked questions

Night guards should be worn nightly during sleep or as directed by your dentist. Consistent use of the night guard is essential for maximum protection against teeth grinding and clenching and for relieving associated symptoms.

Yes, night guards can help alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders, such as jaw pain, muscle tension, and headaches, by reducing the stress and pressure on the temporomandibular joints and surrounding muscles during sleep.

Night guards should be cleaned daily with a toothbrush and mild soap or non-abrasive toothpaste and rinsed thoroughly with water. They should be stored in a clean, dry container when not in use to prevent damage and bacterial growth.

Coverage for night guards may vary depending on the patient’s dental insurance plan and the specific circumstances of the treatment. While some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of a custom-made night guard, others may consider it a cosmetic or elective treatment. It’s recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage options.