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Splint therapies

Specially constructed dental splints can help with a number of conditions

Dental splints can be successfully used to protect teeth and alleviate of chronic jaw pain, headaches and migraine symptoms caused by tooth grinding and clenching habits.

Mandibular advancement splints are an established, clinically proven method of alleviating the problems of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea for many sufferers of these conditions.

At Acomb Dental Care we work closely with specialist splint laboratory, S4S, to provide unique and effective treatments for these issues.

Find out more at www.s4sdental.com

Jaw pain and headaches

Tooth grinding and clenching causes many problems

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Do you suffer from……

  • Aching jaw joints?
  • Aching and sensitive teeth?
  • A stiff and painful neck?
  • Morning headaches?
  • Difficulty in opening your mouth wide?
  • Tension-type headaches
  • Medically diagnosed migraines?

All these symptoms can have one common source – hyperactivity of the jaw muscles.

External signs are teeth grinding or clenching which generally occurs during sleep when they are not consciously controllable and tends to increase during times of stress.

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, you should know about…

SCI – Sleep Clench Inhibitorsleep-clench-inhibitor

This simple ‘mini splint’, worn over the front teeth at night, is clinically proven to prevent tooth clenching and grinding.  Preventing this unwanted muscle activity eliminates the tension that can lead to headaches, neck pain and tooth sensitivity.

We can fit an SCI splint for you in one visit, giving immediate relief for acute pain.  SCI+ splints require 2 visits and are tailor made for you in the laboratory.

Don’t like Splints?

At last – a remedy for teeth grinding and jaw clenching!

Do you regularly greet the day with aching jaws, headaches, face and neck pain after grinding your teeth in your sleep? If so, your problem is more common than you might think. It is estimated that up to a quarter of adults suffer from temporomandibular disorders (TMD) at some point in their lives.

Traditionally, bite splints were used to treat the condition, but these can be uncomfortable, and may fail to address the underlying issue. A new treatment, called Cerezen™, is a clinically tested device worn in the ears instead of the mouth, which prevents the symptoms of TMD by retraining the jaw to remain in the ‘open bite’ position.

Once diagnosed with TMD by your dentist, an audiologist will take an impression of your ear canals and your Cerezen™ inserts will be custom made, and ready for you within two weeks.

The inserts, which are practically invisible, can be left in place day or night, except when showering, swimming or playing contact sports. Since they are hollow, they won’t interfere with your hearing.

Don’t suffer from painful TMD any longer – ask us about the Cerezen™ device today and put a smile back on your face!

Snoring appliances

Snoring is more than just a loud noise.  It leads to broken sleep for snorers and their partner which can have a profound impact on their quality of life.

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Snoring could be a sign of a more serious medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), which is when a person stops breathing while asleep.  These breathing interruptions occur when the airway narrows so much that it closes and can happen as many as 50 or 60 times an hour.

Both snoring and OSA can lead to

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor motivation
  • Higher stress levels due to fatigue
  • Less effectiveness at work

People with OSA have an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and headaches.

OSA needs to be diagnosed by having a sleep study which will also determine whether it is mild, moderate or severe.

Simple snoring and mild to moderate OSA can be treated using a Mandibular Advancement Splint.  The Sleepwell Appliance is a customised mouthpiece made to be worn over the upper and lower teeth at night time.   It is clinically proven to work and offers maximum comfort, retention and is fully adjustable.