Oral appliances are simple, non-invasive devices that treat various conditions. They are typically designed from transparent plastic material and rest securely on the upper and bottom arch of the mouth. Oral appliances can address sleep apnea, nighttime teeth grinding, bite issues, or TMJ disorders. At Marine Hills Dentistry in Federal Way, Washington, we provide customized oral appliances based on your preferences and treatment goals.

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What Are Oral Appliances?

An oral appliance is a device that must be worn in your mouth to protect your oral structures or correct dental issues. They are created based on impressions of your mouth.

Appliances like snore guards keep your jaw in a forward position while you sleep. As a result, they prevent your oral tissues from sliding back into your throat to block the air passages. These appliances can be custom-made for your unique oral needs. They fit like a retainer and stabilize your bite and teeth in the desired position.

Benefits of Oral Appliances

  • They are often removable and replaceable devices.
  • They do not involve an invasive procedure.
  • They offer optimum comfort.
  • They are designed to fit every curve of your unique oral composition.
  • They are easy to carry around, especially when you are traveling.

Types of Oral Appliances

Snore Guards

Snore guards can help ease mild to moderate symptoms of sleep apnea. They look and function like a mouthguard. A snore guard works by realigning the jaw to the correct position and helping ease the strain on the muscles that cause snoring. When a patient wears a snore guard, it prevents the obstruction of the airways.

Occlusal Guard

An occlusal guard is also referred to as a night or bruxism guard. It protects against bruxism, the grinding or clenching of the teeth that takes place during sleep. When the jaw puts an extreme amount of pressure on the teeth, it can damage them and cause painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. Occlusal guards can be customized to fit your mouth’s exact specifications. They help prevent jaw strain, fatigue, pain, and the chipping or breaking of teeth.

Sports Mouthguards

A sports mouthguard forms a protective shield over the upper teeth, reducing your risk of injury. Dental injuries are the most common orofacial injuries incurred from sports activities. In addition to injuries to teeth that may need restorations or replacements, an impact to the base of the skull caused due to a blow to the chin in a vertical direction may result in a concussion. A sports mouthguard can play a significant preventive role in both types of injuries.

To learn more about our oral appliances, visit our office, Marine Hills Dentistry, at 1500 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003. You can also reach Dentist Federal Way, WA at (253) 839-2800.