What is a night guard?

Protect your smile and oral health while you sleep with a custom night guard. This oral appliance is worn at night to help you get the rest you need without worrying about waking up with damaged teeth. Our La Jolla, California, dentists provide night guards as a solution for a variety of problems.

When is a night guard recommended?

Night guards may be recommended to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding) and teeth clenching
  • TMJ disorders (bite adjustment or occlusal splinting)
  • Sleep apnea

While night guards may be provided to treat a number of conditions, they are most commonly recommended for treating bruxism. Some common symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
  • A tired or tight feeling in the jaw upon waking
  • Frequent tension headaches and migraines
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Indentations on the side of the tongue
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

When you visit our Dougherty Dental dentists, we will thoroughly examine your mouth and oral structures to determine the exact nature of the problem and whether or not a night guard will be beneficial for you.

Night guards are custom-designed to fit your mouth comfortably and provide an effective treatment so that you can begin the process of regaining your healthy smile.

What to expect when you receive a night guard

When you receive a night guard, Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Szotko will take a series of digital or physical impressions. These impressions are then used to design and craft your oral appliance. Night guards are made from durable, high-quality materials to ensure that they function properly and will not break easily. Once your night guard has been completed, you will return to our office for a fitting to ensure that it fits properly and feels comfortable.

Your La Jolla, California, night guard

We invite you to contact our San Diego dental office at 858-454-2656 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Paul E. Dougherty or Dr. Scott O. Szotko and learn more about night guards. We are dedicated to helping you care for your smile.