While teeth grinding and snoring during sleep appear harmless, they may be signs of dangerous disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and sleep apnea. Teeth grinding is a sign of TMJ, which is an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint that can manifest itself in an array of harmful symptoms including headaches and even hearing loss; teeth grinding can also cause serious tooth abrasion.
Snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for lengths of time during sleep. These symptoms are not uncommon; about 20% of the adult population suffers from them, mostly because they are responses to stress. However, these behaviors can be fixed with Night Guard, which is an oral appliance that when worn during sleep holds the mouth open and/or moves the jaw forward. We can fit Night Guard to your exact needs and anatomy in order to lessen these symptoms.