Sleeping With A Nightguard? here's How To Adjust

Do you grind your teeth at night? Has your dentist sent you home with a night guard? It can be tough to find sleep when you’ve never had to sleep with a night guard. The object in your mouth can feel cumbersome. You may fear choking while you sleep. For some, it can be a nightmare. However, in this post, your dentist in Eagan wants to share how to adjust easily to your new night guard.


If you’re struggling to adjust to your new night guard, we understand. It’s not easy going from sleeping without something in your mouth to now having a guard. Trust us, though, it’s for the best.

When you grind and clench your teeth, it damages your teeth. Once your teeth are damaged there is very little that can be done to repair them. Damaged teeth lead to nerve pain and potential tooth removal to remedy any kind of discomfort. A night guard is a solution to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.

Nonetheless, here are some common questions with answers those adjusting to a night guard ask:

Question #1 – Will I Be Able To Adjust To The Night Guard?

Answer: It’s important to understand that the night guard is there to help you protect your teeth. You also want to ask why you’re not adjusting to the night guard. Is it because you’re afraid of choking in your sleep? Do you not like having something in your mouth while you fall asleep? Gag reflex act up while you have your night guard in your mouth? Address the reason why you dislike the night guard before you toss it aside.

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Question #2 – What If I Don’t Wear My Night Guard?

As you clench and grind your teeth at night, it will damage your teeth, as mentioned above. The damage can result in minor to major dental treatments and procedures that will cost you much more than the night guard. Not only will you pay more to keep your teeth healthy, but you will experience some discomfort or pain. Wearing your night guard is a prevention method to protect your teeth.

Question #3 – Will A Night Guard Help My Bruxism or TMJ?

Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of your teeth. TMJ can occur due to bruxism or a variety of other reasons. If your TMJ is a result of bruxism, than a night guard may be able to help reduce the negative effects of grinding and clenching. However, TMJ is the result of stress and overuse of your jaw joints. Your night guard may be able to reduce your grinding and clenching. This is best to discuss with your dentist in Eagan to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Denmark Dental: Your Dentist In Eagan

For more than 40 years, Denmark Dental has been providing quality dentistry to patients in Eagan. Our knowledge and experience are key to determining the best dental treatment and procedures for our patients. What’s more, we genuinely care about your oral health, and we want to help you improve and maintain it. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and discuss your night guard or any other related dental issues you may be experiencing.