What’s It Like to Sleep with a Mouthguard?
There are multiple reasons your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouthguard when you sleep, from preventing you from grinding your teeth to managing sleep apnea. Although mouthguards can be extremely beneficial, the first few times you wear them can require an adjustment. Here is what to expect.
Some people may not feel the mouthguard.
Keep in mind that your dentist will design a customized mouthguard to fit your mouth precisely. For this reason, some people are able to wear the mouthguard without noticing it and will be able to sleep without any disruption. In fact, many people find that they sleep better immediately, since they aren’t waking up grinding their teeth throughout the night.
It may feel tight.
Your mouthguard will likely feel tight when you put it on, this is typically normal. The snugness means that it fits your teeth well and won’t become dislodged. Running your mouthguard under warm, not hot, water before you put it in can make it more comfortable, and most people adjust to the fit after a few nights. However, if the mouthguard is causing pain, see your dentist.
A mouthguard doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. John Carson, DDS can design a custom-fitted mouthguard that fits comfortably so you can rest easy. Call (520) 514-7203 to make an appointment with a dentist in Tucson.