Goodbye, Pain: Wearing your Night Guard with Ease

park-slope-dentistThere are many reasons why someone may need to wear a night guard while they sleep, including as a way to keep teeth in place after having braces, or to avoid the grinding and clenching of teeth at night. Though helpful, there is no doubt that wearing a night guard can be a daunting task. Uncomfortable, painful, and annoying are commonly used words to describe having to wear a night guard. However uncomfortable they may at first be, they are imperative to your overall dental health! Fortunately, there are some easy ways to make your time wearing a night guard easy and painless.

The first thing that we like to tell our Park Slope Dentistry patients is what to expect when wearing a night guard. Knowing what to expect helps to make the process of wearing one easier. Expect the first few nights to be a bit uncomfortable. However, know that after a couple nights, once you adjust, you’ll be sleeping peacefully and painlessly!

To make the process a bit easier, consider wearing your mouth guard for an hour or two during the day. This will help you to get used to the feeling, so that your sleep will be less disrupted. When you first begin to wear your mouth guard at night, simply relax. The more relaxed you are, the quicker you’ll fall asleep, and ultimately, the less you’ll even notice the mouth guard!  Finally, don’t skip nights wearing your mouth guard. While one night here or there may not necessary cause any damage, when the days add up, your teeth may adjust to not wearing one. This means you’ll have to re-adjust over and over again.

Though it may feel odd at first, night guards are meant to help the longevity of your teeth and to prevent further damage. Keeping these things in mind will help you to transition into wearing your mouth guard at night with ease!