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Old 06-02-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

I found this OTC nightguard by DenTec, it's the one that doesn't require boiling & has a retention band, and it's actually very comfortable unlike I remember with my splint.

But I have been warned on here not to use OTC junk but I can't afford nothing more right now.

Has anyone tried this particular mouth guard and had any luck?

The way the back of the package reads, it can make TMJ worse.

 
Old 06-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

Funny you mention that! I bought it last night! DenTek Nightgaurd and it does require boiling so it fits your bite.

I wore it for the first time last night, and today was the first time in AGES that I did not have a headache and did not take painkillers...fingers crossed!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:18 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

The one I have, you do not have to boil to fit (DenTek comfort-fit nightguard), & it has a retention band where you can adjust the size. It's twice as expensive but worth it. This one just covers the sides of your teeth and then the band goes around the front, so it is extremely comfortable. I had no problem whatsover with it last night. No gagging, wasn't bothering me being in my mouth like a splint does. And it stayed right in place.

However there is a warning do not use if you have TMJ or any mouth pain from the Bruxism, so what the ????? Well I am going to use it anyways.

My doctor gave me medication the other day for the headaches it causes, makes you feel severely drunk, so I almost don't care if I do get another headache now, then I can take that medication. LOL.

I don't know how you stood waking up every day with a headache. I was getting some pretty bad one's myself but not suffering every day. You poor thing. Hope your m/guard does the trick for ya.

 
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

2nd night of this, horrible, woke up with teeth pain & alot of muscle tension in my face

 
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

Fingers are now uncrossed...I guess it was a fluke. I give up. The mouthgaurd is not working like I thought it did. Two days in a row now with pain in the temples and cheeks. I don't know...

So, you did not have luck either? I know what kind you are talking about now. It is located right next to the one I got at WalMart. Yup - twice the money! That's why I went cheapo!

Do you see a specialist for you TMJ? What medicine did your doc. give you?
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

Well I think my muscle tension in my face might actually be coming from whatever is wrong in my back now after what all happened yesterday, so maybe that is why I still have trouble waking up with muscle tension in my face, cause that is when my back pain is bad, when I wake up or exercise.

The mouthguard also says not to use if you have TMJ. Well I have no idea why that is. The one I have you almost can't even tell it's in your mouth. And with this or even the TMJ splint I had before my dog chewed up, it did make me want to clench more, but the splint did help.

I used to take Soma & Ibuprofen and the pain would clear up for awhile. Last thing I tried was Flexeril & Darvocet and then Darvocet & Ibuprofen. And also Lortab. No luck with those. Then my doctor put me on Savella, it got flushed down the toilet, made me dog sick, he was trying to treat the Fibromyalgia to see if it would help the jaw pain. And Cephadyn for the migrane headaches. Now that's awesome stuff. Must say I love the extreme drunk feeling it causes. LOL. The headaches is what I can't deal with so I handle that by overdosing on Ambien. So even if I still have to put up with this facial pain, at least I'll have some control when the headaches get extreme without overdosin on sleeping pills.

I didn't see a TMJ specialist (oralfacial surgeon), just my dentist, and he diagnosed it and helped me get the splint and treated it for awhile. But now he wants my PCP to treat it and I don't really think he knows too much how to. Nor does he like Soma.

Is the mouthguard you bought uncomfortable for you? I had bought a boil & bite sports mouthguard and couldn't at all tolerate it. I don't know if the DenTek boil & bite is any different. The one like I have is so much more comfy than the sports or the TMJ splint I had. It's worth the extra $20-$25.

I didn't wake up in pain this morning. Just on day 2 so far.

I think you need to give it more time. You've had this problem long term, it isn't going to disapear overnight. That pressure has caused some chronic pain that'll take time to go away, but w/o treatment, it'll just continue to get worse. And if the mouthguard seems to be making the pain worse, then maybe there's a problem with the type of mouthguard your using. Mine doesn't make it any worse. I am used to waking up like that anyways.

We would probably feel better using both the mouthguard plus medications together.

 
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

The mouthgaurd is not uncomfortable once you get it in your mouth and actually lie down for the night. It says to keep it in your mouth for an hour before going to bed, but I don't.
I also take Topamax and Zanaflex for my headaches and bruxism. They used to work GREAT...now not so much. I put a call into my neurologist yesterday and the ditzy receptionist could not fit me in until OCTOBER. I wanted to scream. So I politely smiled through my migraine and asked to be put on a cancellation list.
I also called my PCP and asked for a cat scan of my head. I have been in and out of his office with what I thought were sinus infections. At first the antibiotics were helping, but now I am just miserable.
So like you I'm wondering if it's TMJ, sinus related, drug rebound headaches, or allergies...? The really really ODD thing is I can do ONE thing to make myself feel BETTER. When I lean foward - like stand on my head as if in a tripod position - the pain is almost instantly relieved...odd I know.
I discovered this when playing with my 2 yr old.
The majority of my pain is in my temples, cheeks, and over my eyes. It starts in the morning, get worse throughout the day...anyway, whoa is me.
Are any of your symptoms similar? Have you had a CAT scan?
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

If you are already getting treatment for migranes and your medication is not working, you can just call your doctor and leave a message and ask to try something different if you feel like you've developed a tolerance to it, instead of waiting until Oct for an appt.

With sinusitis, I think it would irritate it bending forward. Another clue to sinus trouble might be seeing green/yellow mucus. When my nasal problems are flared, it makes it worse, esp when I have a runny nose, and it hurts because of my back problem. I'm not sure why it would make your pain better. Maybe your muscles need the stretching and doing that relieves the pain. Sometimes when I'm in bed, this pain will start in and I can move my face a different way and get relief. I can't really say what that is but I think it's muscular related. Maybe if you try physical therapy to stretch your spinal & neck muscles, it might relieve some of that pain. Or maybe even just go to a site online that has these videos and look up some spinal/neck stretching exercises you could start doing. I am going to start doing this to see if it helps.

I do have the pain in my cheeks, temples, & under my eyes + my forehead during a headache, but luckily I don't get the headaches every day. I haven't been scanned for my facial pain or back problem but I had a CT last year on my sinuses. My sinuses were okay. I just had turbinate enlargement, a turbinate that's turned the opposite way, a mild septum deviation and non-allergic rhinititis.

With my nasal problems, I have chronic post nasal drip, a nose that stays dry and congested, bleeding from the mucus, nighttime & morning cough, and sneezing alot. I also gasp when awake, maybe the mucus is blocking my airway. I used to have pain every day from this, from in my nasal bones and would radiate outward from my nose to under my eyes and from my nose to my cheeks, and from my cheek into the temple in my forehead, the neurologist said she thought that was an irritated nerve, but who knows. Nasal surgery last year helped that pain. It hardly ever flares up as far as hurting now. The cheek pain I have now does not radiated down from my nose as it did before. I can press in on this and can tell it's muscular type pain.

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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

How are you doing at this point with your nightguard? I seem to be getting somewhat better with mine.

 
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

Hey ~ I stopped using it. I just don't think it works...the headaches are full-fledge horrific. I got a cat scan of my sinuses on Wed and called in for my results today. Totally normal. Still doesn't explain the awful stuffiness and post nasal drip - yuck.
My doc wants me to go for allergy testing, yet I did this 10 years ago and was diagnosed with allergic rhinitus (spelling?). The allergy shots never really helped. I told him I wanted to see an ENT. My appt. with my dentist is July 3 and I will be bringing up TMJ...I'm SO DONE with this!!! I just want the pain to STOP! I know my bite is totally messed up, so I just want it taken care of.
Anyway, thanks for checking in...I'm glad things seem to be going better for you.
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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

Hey Everyone,

I recently purchased a mouth guard from TotalGard and my pain had decreased. Has anyone tried their mouth guards? I tell you .. it really helped alleviate my pain and put me back on track. They do not boil their products for easy fitting and comfort. I've heard of DenTek, but I also saw this forum and checked other providers. I am very happy with my product from TG.

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Re: Anyone use DenTec Nightguard

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Hey ~ I stopped using it. I just don't think it works...the headaches are full-fledge horrific. I got a cat scan of my sinuses on Wed and called in for my results today. Totally normal. Still doesn't explain the awful stuffiness and post nasal drip - yuck.
My doc wants me to go for allergy testing, yet I did this 10 years ago and was diagnosed with allergic rhinitus (spelling?). The allergy shots never really helped. I told him I wanted to see an ENT. My appt. with my dentist is July 3 and I will be bringing up TMJ...I'm SO DONE with this!!! I just want the pain to STOP! I know my bite is totally messed up, so I just want it taken care of.
Anyway, thanks for checking in...I'm glad things seem to be going better for you.
I don't wear mine half the time now. I so know how miserable that pain is, and I'm sorry. Definetly, you do need the treatment for whatever is causing your pain. If your bite is off, you should have it fixed. I'm too tired tonite to go back and read the posts but have you seen a orthofacial surgeon yet? If not, you should, for your tmj.

Well your stuffiness and post-nasal drip may be due to your allergies. I don't think allergies is something you get rid of. If you have it, your stuck with it. Right? Well anyways, you might get a copy of your CT report and look it over yourself. I have been told by an ENT that all was normal and he was lying to me because he didn't think my turbinate hypertrophy could cause the problems I was having, but it was.

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