Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS

Night Guards and Anti-Snoring Devices

Up to 25% of the U.S. population suffers from sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, or nocturnal bruxism. You could be one of them. Many people do not even know they have these sleep-interrupting habits until they find out from a partner or a sleep study.

Dr. Chris Forte is trained to address these sleep-related disorders and offers solutions for snoring, sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint) disorders, and nighttime grinding and clenching (bruxism).

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that literally means “interruption of breath.” In other words, your breath can be obstructed or hindered while you sleep. Men, overweight people, and mature adults experience higher rates of sleep apnea, which often causes loud snoring, choking, or gasping. Sleep apnea is not only disruptive to your sleeping partner but also dangerous because it inhibits the amount of oxygen you receive while sleeping.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Dr. Forte offers a mouth guard specifically designed to address sleep apnea and snoring. By adjusting your jaw to open your airway, it allows you to sleep more restfully. Some patients find it much more tolerable than being connected to a machine. Mouth guards are a successful solution for many of Dr. Forte’s patients.

What Is a TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorders are a group of jaw conditions causing pain, popping in the joint, or headaches. Bruxism (excessive teeth grinding or clenching) is one of the most common related disorders affecting up to 20% of the American population.

Stress, caffeine, and dental dysfunction can increase your risk of becoming a bruxer, but sometimes the cause is not known. Bruxism pain can be severe, and other problems associated with bruxism include headaches, facial pain, cracked teeth, jaw pain, inflammation, tooth sensitivity, and muscle spasms.

How Are TMJ Disorders and Bruxism Treated?

Dr. Chris Forte understands that the discomfort and symptoms of TMJ and bruxism disrupt your life. He offers comfortable, custom-made night guards to protect your teeth and discourage nocturnal bruxism.

Leaving bruxism untreated may lead to serious consequences like cracked teeth, resulting in the need for emergency care, crowns, or even extractions. Your jaw has some of the strongest muscles in your body, and a night guard may help protect your teeth from damage.

Are you ready to learn more about sleep apnea, snoring, or bruxism? Call Dr. Forte’s Brookfield, IL dental office today and schedule an evaluation. We look forward to helping you achieve a better night’s sleep.?