What is a Dental Appliance?
Brushing and flossing are not enough to maintain good oral health. Dental appliances can help preserve and protect our oral structures, as well as the health of our entire bodies, for those of us who participate in sports, clench or grind our teeth, or snore.
Dental appliances offered at Ellerslie Dental Studio – such as mouth guards and sleep apnea devices – are used to help protect the health of your oral cavity.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Appliances
When patients snore, their relaxed throat tissues cause the airway to narrow, resulting in the snoring sound as oxygen is forced through. Patients with sleep apnea have overly relaxed throat tissues that obstruct the airway, causing the brain to wake them up to breathe.
At Ellerslie Dental Studio, we provide custom-fitted oral appliances to move the lower jaw and tongue muscles to open the airway. This helps improve your flow of breath and prevents you from waking up throughout the night.
Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards
If you get hit in the mouth during a sports activity, a mouth guard provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue of your mouth to protect your smile.
If you grind your teeth during sleep, a mouth guard will help protect your teeth from damage. If you clench your jaw, a mouth guard will also help prevent you from clenching and provide some pain relief.