8 Tips To Sleep Well With A Night Guard For Teeth Grinding

8 Tips To Sleep Well With A Night Guard For Teeth Grinding

A good night’s sleep is essential for physical and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get quality rest if you suffer from teeth grinding, also known as sleep bruxism. Not only does bruxism damage your teeth, but it can also lead to other health problems like headaches and jaw pain.

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer any longer. Wearing a night guard for teeth grinding is an effective and dentist-recommended way to reduce the damage from this condition. But wearing a night guard can come with challenges, such as difficulty breathing and decreased comfort.

Here are eight tips to help you sleep better with a night guard to prevent teeth grinding.

Tip 1: Give Yourself Time To Adjust

When you first start wearing a night guard, it can feel strange and uncomfortable. Your body will need time to adjust to the new feeling of having something in your mouth all night long. Start by trying to wear the guard for one hour each night until you’re comfortable with your new nightly routine.

Tip 2: Wear It While You Do Your Evening Routine

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One of the best ways to get comfortable with your night guard is to wear it for a couple of hours before bedtime. Wear it while you watch TV, read a book, or do another evening activity. Incorporating it into your bedtime routine will help your mouth and tongue adjust to the presence of the night guard and make it easier to fall asleep with it in place.

Tip 3: Choose a Night Guard That Fits You Perfectly

night guards that fit perfectly

The fit of your night guard is essential for ensuring a good night’s sleep. Consider getting a custom-made night guard to ensure maximum comfort and protection.  Custom-made night guards are a perfect fit for your teeth as they are made from the impressions of your own teeth.

Tip 4: Practice Wearing It in the Daytime

If you’re having trouble getting used to the feeling of the night guard, try wearing it for short periods during the day. Once the fit is dialed in, try wearing it while going about your daily activities. This will help your mouth get accustomed to it and help prevent discomfort when wearing it before bed.

Tip 5: Be Consistent

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When it comes to wearing your night guard, consistency is critical. Wear it every night to maximize its benefits and protect your teeth from further damage. If needed, set the alarm or remind yourself to put it in each night before bed. Once you’ve formed this habit, it will become second nature.

Tip 6: If You Can, Start With a Thinner Material

Some night guards are made of hard materials like acrylic, while others are softer and more flexible. Start with a thinner material that will give you the protection you need without making it difficult to sleep at night.

Tip 7: Consider the Type of Night Guard You Need

Different night guards are designed for different kinds of teeth grinding. There are three main styles of mouthguards.

1. Sports Guards

Sports mouth guards protect your teeth from damage caused by sports activities like boxing and hockey. These are typically made from a thick and rigid material and are not comfortable for sleeping.

2. Over-the-Counter Guards

These are usually the least expensive option and can be found in drugstores or online. There are two main types:

  • Ready-made Guards: These are pre-formed and come in various sizes. While they may provide some protection, they may not fit your mouth perfectly.
  • Boil and Bite Guards: These are pre-molded pieces of plastic that you can customize by boiling them in water and then biting down on the softened material. These guards offer good protection but may slip out of place during the night.

3. Customized Mouth Night Guards

These are custom-fitted mouthpieces that are created specifically for you. They may be more expensive than over-the-counter guards, but they offer the best protection and fit and, are considerably less expensive than going to the dentist for night guards.

Tip 8: Take Care of Your Night Guard

Night guards are an investment, so make sure to take good care of them. Make sure to follow the instructions for properly using, cleaning, and storing your night guard. Over time, your night guard may need to be replaced, especially if you experience discomfort while wearing it.  That’s where the Remi Club comes into play, as you get a new night guard every six months when you sign up for the Club offer.  

Final Thoughts

Remi custom night guards for getting a good nights rest

Follow these tips, and you’ll sleep well in no time with a night guard for teeth grinding. For a good night’s sleep, get yourself a custom-fitted night guard from Remi.

Remi offers night guards crafted with precision to ensure you have the perfect fit. They provide the highest protection and comfort, so you won’t have to worry about waking up with a toothache or jaw soreness.

Contact us today to get your custom-fitted night guard and get the peaceful sleep you deserve!

Ana has worked for the past two years at Remi. She is a California-native and proud San Franciscan. Ana Milian RDA Head Dental Technician

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