Nightguards and Mouthguards

Nightguards and mouthguards are oral devices used to protect and cover the teeth for a variety of reasons. These can be prescribed to all ages if there is a need.

Uses for Nightguards and Mouthguards

Treatment for TMJ Pain or Issues

TMJ treatment often means preventing or easing the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is found on both sides of the jaw. Problems like grinding your teeth while you sleep, clenching your teeth, or even excessive tension that causes you to clench your teeth can cause damage to the joint, pull muscles in your face and jaw, and make you feel tired because you aren’t getting enough sleep at night. TMJ treatment such as a nightguard can keep you from making the problem worse.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is something you do involuntarily while you sleep. It can be caused by many factors including anxiety, stress, sleep apnea, and an improper bite or missing teeth. Your dentist may spot signs of wear on your teeth that are typical of bruxism. Some people wake up with a painful jaw or facial pain, which is the only clue that they’ve been grinding their teeth. A night mouthguard for teeth grinding can’t stop you from grinding your teeth, but it can protect your teeth so that if you clench your jaw while you sleep. It also helps to relax the muscles around your jaw. Both can make you feel better.


A mouthguard may be necessary for certain sports for people of all ages. Hockey, lacrosse, football, basketball…many contact sports put you at risk for injuries to your teeth, jaw, head, face, and neck. A mouthguard is the ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure when it comes to your teeth. An athletic mouthguard protects teeth from impact trauma and may save your smile.

“I always dreaded going to the dentist, but this dental office is a very pleasant experience. I have always felt well taken care of, they are sensitive, and have been given good service. They hygienists are very friendly and very good. I also had complications after the removal of my wisdom teeth and they were very responsive and fit me in on short notice several times.”

— Natalie T.

Related Articles

Book an Appointment

Make an appointment today and take advantage of one of the best New Patient Dental Specials Minneapolis has to offer!