Whether you suffer from bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder, one of the best ways to alleviate your symptoms and help you feel better is to wear a night guard. By taking the pressure off of your teeth and jaw, a night guard can do wonders for your oral health without you having to go under the knife. And although a night guard is effective, they can also be a lot to get used to. To help you sleep better and in more comfort, we have created a brief guide with three ways to get used to sleeping with a night guard. Read on to learn more.
Get Into the Habit
Just like with anything new, wearing a night guard may seem weird and even bothersome at first. But the best way to get over those hurdles is by getting into the habit. Try not to miss a night and give it a solid 30 days— by the end of the 30 days, you will be a pro at wearing your night guard.
Try a Thin One
Having a large obstruction in your mouth in the form of a night guard can make you feel claustrophobic and even like you’re gagging. However, if you wear one that is made up of a thinner material, it will be more comfortable and feel less like an obstruction.
Wear It Around
To help you become more acquainted with your night guard, try wearing it around the house for a few hours before you go to sleep— the more familiar you are with it, the easier it will be to fall asleep with it before bed.
Whether you use a store bought night guard, or you have a custom one made by Dr. Joel Smith, getting used to wearing one can seem like an impossible feat. Luckily, by using the three tips above, you can get used to sleeping with your night guard in no time. To learn more about night guards or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today!