How can we help you?
It is important to us that we answer your questions fully before we begin any treatment. We know that if you’re educated about costs, procedures, and options, you will be more likely to feel comfortable and in control when you arrive at our Phoenix dentist office for your appointment. This allows you to enjoy stress-free treatment, and it helps us provide dental care that exactly fits your needs.
Many of our patients have similar concerns, and here we’ve listed a few of the more frequently asked questions we receive. If you can't find the answer you need here, or if you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 623-934-6400.
Night Guards, Snore Guards, & Sports Guards
It is normal to grind your teeth occasionally, especially during moments of high stress. But if you grind and clench your teeth to the point where you feel pain in your head, neck, or shoulders, a custom night guard offered at our Phoenix dental office can change your life!
The exact reason that people grind their teeth can vary widely. It can be something as simple as stress or as complicated as problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ.) But for many people, the reason is a misaligned dental bite.
Whatever the reason for your teeth grinding and clenching, it’s important to have the problem addressed. If there is not a significant underlying problem, like TMJ, the solution may be as simple as a custom night guard.
You may only experience the symptoms of teeth grinding, like chronic headaches, and not even be aware that you are constantly grinding and clenching while you sleep. A night guard created specifically for you by Dr. Singh is designed to hold your jaw in such a position that your teeth cannot meet. This effectively eliminates the ability to grind your teeth, giving your jaw and teeth a chance to rest.
Treating Teeth Grinding
Seeking treatment for teeth grinding is important, because it can lead to excess tooth wear and erosion as well as other more serious problems like TMJ. If you think you show signs of teeth grinding like head, neck, and jaw pain, please contact Singh Smile Care. We will work with you to pinpoint the problem and get you the relief you need.
Occasional snoring can occur for a number of reasons – certain medications, alcohol consumption, or being overweight. However, persistent snoring and struggling to catch your breath while you sleep may be a sign that you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
OSA is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition that should be treated as quickly as possible because it can lead to physical problems like high blood pressure and even strokes. Depending on your needs, Singh Smile Care most likely offers the solution you need to get relief.
Snoring does not always mean that you have OSA, so it is best to contact your physician, who may arrange for a sleep study to pinpoint the problem. If the results of the study indicate that your snoring is not caused by OSA, we can create a custom mouth guard designed to hold your jaw in a neutral position to reduce or eliminate snoring.
Oral Appliance Therapy
If it is found that your snoring is caused by OSA, you may be a good candidate for an oral appliance available at our Phoenix dental office that will treat the problem safely and comfortably. The treatment of OSA is definitely not one-size-fits-all, and we will work closely with your doctor to find an effective solution for your snoring.
If your snoring is so loud and annoying that it wakes your partner, you should take the steps necessary to determine the cause. Please contact our office and we will arrange an appointment for a consultation to get you the help you need.
At Singh Smile Care, we offer custom-made Armour® mouth guards for sports. Wearing a protective mouth guard during sports is essential to protect you from minor accidents and dental trauma.
If you or your child participate in sports like football, soccer, baseball, and basketball, we have some statistics that might interest you. It is estimated that close to 40% of all dental injuries occur during contact sports. Of all the accidents that occur during sports, 80% effect at least one of the front teeth.
Once you know this, you can see how important it is to take the simple step of wearing a mouth guard during sports. You have enough to think about when it comes to your dental care, and having to deal with injury as a result of sports is just not necessary.
Protecting Your Child's Teeth
At Singh Smile Care, our goal is to take care of your family’s oral health by doing everything possible to help protect their teeth from damage of any type. If you have young children, protection is especially important. Dental trauma at a young age can cause serious damage that lasts into adulthood.
Risking your good oral health for the sake of sports makes no sense, especially when we have easy solutions like a custom-made sports mouth guard. Please contact our office for more information.
If you snore excessively and feel like you’re struggling to breathe while you sleep, you may be experiencing the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If this is a concern for you, you should seek immediate treatment.
OSA is a potentially life-threatening medical problem that can lead to serious problems like high blood pressure and strokes. The only way to know for sure if you have OSA is to have a sleep study done by a specialist.
Custom Night Guard
If the sleep study indicates that your snoring is not caused by OSA, we can make a custom night guard that will position your jaw to help to lessen or eliminate snoring.
Or, if your doctor finds that you do have sleep apnea, you may be a good candidate for an oral appliance that safely and comfortably treats the problem. Dr. Singh works closely with your physician to decide which type of appliance is most appropriate for your needs.
While snoring is indeed annoying for those around you, it can also be a sign that you have sleep apnea. If excessive snoring is keeping you and your family awake at night, please contact our Phoenix dental office. We will work with you and your physician to identify the problem and determine an appropriate plan for treatment.
Mouth guards available at our Phoenix dental office are far superior to store-bought brands. When you purchase a sports mouth guard at your local store, you are getting a one-size-fits-all piece of plastic. They are better than nothing at all, but our mouth guards offer far better protection.
Our mouth guards are a more effective form of protection for two reasons. First, we use Armour® Sports Guards, a leading brand with an excellent reputation that provide ten times the protection of store-bought “boil and bite” mouth guards.
One reason is that they are made of a much more rigid and durable material and are designed to absorb shock far better than their cheaper counterparts. Another big difference is that our mouth guards are custom-made to perfectly fit over your teeth.
A more snug fit makes them comfortable and easy to wear, but also provides better protection. Also, you are more likely to actually wear the mouth guard because it does not cause discomfort.
Dental Injuries In Sports
It is estimated that between 13% and 39% of dental injuries are sports-related. We want your teeth to be protected so that they last a lifetime. Please contact our Phoenix dental office for more information about our custom sports guards.
It’s not unusual for everyone to grind their teeth once in a while. We all do it, most often when we’re under stress. But chronic teeth grinding can lead to more serious problems with your oral health.
As you can probably imagine, your teeth withstand a lot of stress day in and day out. Fortunately, though, your dental enamel is pretty strong – you may be surprised to learn that it’s actually stronger than bone!
But as strong as dental enamel is, it’s not indestructible. Grinding your teeth (bruxism) puts an abnormal amount of force on your teeth, which can lead to fractures and excess wear and tear.
One of the most common causes of teeth grinding is an unbalanced dental bite. This simply means that your upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly, so you bite down with more force one side of your mouth.
A custom night guard provided at Singh Smile Care can really reduce the potential damage of teeth grinding. The guard is worn at night while you sleep and is designed to prevent your upper and lower jaw from meeting, which eliminates the stress on your teeth.
Signs You Need a Mouth Guard
Common signs of teeth grinding include unexplained pain in your jaw, head and neck. If you have any of these symptoms, please call our Phoenix dental office. We have the solutions that can stop teeth grinding and protect your oral health.