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    Old 03-18-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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    Thumbs down mouthguard problems...

    I've had severe jaw pain for about three years. My orthodontist started me on a soft rubbery mouthguard to wear at night, but I chewed through it within a year. They switched me to a hard plastic acrylic one (not covered by insurance, of course!) but it's now cracked in multiple places from being bitten in my sleep.
    Are there an other more DURABLE options available to me?

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    Old 03-19-2003, 08:16 AM   #2
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    Wow Aedan, sounds like you're a real chomper when you sleep....I'm not sure if there's anything better than the acrylic splints or mouth guards, but I would look into getting something to help keep you from grinding your teeth at all.

    I've been doing it since I was four years old; I know it's not something you can consciously control, but there are medications out there that can either keep you in a deep sleep so you don't grind, or that relax your muscles so you can't grind.

    Try looking into knocking out the habit instead of finding a better bite're hurting yourself if you are chewing through these things!

    Good luck!

    Old 03-21-2003, 12:40 AM   #3
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    This may sound like weird advice .. but my doc told me to have an alcoholic drink before bedtime and that it would reduce my muscle tension and help me not grind my teeth as much at night. I actually think it has helped I drink 1 glass of wine before bedtime.

    Old 03-21-2003, 02:02 AM   #4
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    I was told that the best way to have a very deep sleep and therefore grind less is to be physically very tired: do some sport and sleep less hours!

    A good wine will be like a musle relaxer (but usually sleep is less deep). A bad wine will give headackes...

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