They 200% have sleep apnea and a sleep study would allow them to get additional treatment, like CPAP/APAP/BiPAP. I'd recommend that they immediately consider some lifestyle changes as well as getting a cheap Fitbit to track their sleep quality (particularly REM sleep). The problem is that mouthguard is palliative. It doesn't address the root condition, which is inflammation. They'll get the mouthguard and continue to have sleep apnea. The mouthguard only masks the much greater problem.
There are about a thousand things that can cause apnea, but drinking, drug use, and late night snacking all contribute to it. I'd strongly recommend intermittent fasting, abstaining from drug/alcohol/tobacco use at night, and adding cardiovascular exercise into their daily routine.
In the short term, until the mouthguard is ready, I'd want to use one of these:
It's super simple, cheap, and it will prevent grinding and clenching, unless you take it out of your mouth during sleep (which some people do).
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Agreed it seems the Airmax is more sturdy so I'm trying it first. My HSA covers both so I might experiment, sounds like Airmax lasts 90 days while Mute lasts 30. I went with the medium Airmax first because there's no large as far as I can find either. I think it's a good size but I have nothing to compare to. Mute does have a trial pack with one of each size so I might give that a go next but sounds like I'd probably be a medium or even small. Thanks for your response!
What I should have said is that if you have low REM, that's one indicator of sleep apnea.
It's been reported that most types of bruxism takes place in stage 1 and stage 2 of non-REM sleep. However, it seems that some people brux during REM as their breathing passageway collapses. I've found that bruxism prevents me from maintaining long periods of REM in the later portion of the sleep cycle.
There are some alternatives to tape and night guards:
It's uncomfortable for most people but it worked for me. One of the reasons that I looked for alternatives to night guards is that a guard doesn't actually stop bruxism, it just covers up the symptoms. The big issue with bruxism is that it is related to poor sleep quality, which can lead to depression, anxiety, migraine, and other issues.
I don't know anything about daytime clenching but there's an oral appliance that pulls your tongue out of your mouth. It works for preventing nighttime bruxism but it's uncomfortable. Maybe it could help with daytime bruxism?
For whatever reason, even if you're asleep, your body knows not to bite your tongue.
Surgery causes inflammation which can restrict your breathing passageway. Restricted airflow causes bruxism, since tightening your neck muscles is your body's natural way of opening the breathing passageway. Unfortunately, bruxism disrupts REM sleep.
IIRC, your dentist can tell you whether they can make a nightguard for someone with braces. But in case it helps, you can buy devices that prevent bruxism but can be uncomfortable for some people.
I do! I have this and it’s awesome. I’m now trying to figure out how to repair from damage before the bite guard.
If this is a problem for you, can you maybe try a guard that doesn't conform to your teeth? I use Placker's Grind No More (I clench, not grind). It helps a lot and fits easily in my mouth. The downside is that the two spots where your back teeth meet with the guard are definitely more sore than the others in the morning because they are receiving the totality of the pressure.
I'm just gonna throw that option out there, but before getting a dentist night guard I bought one on Amazon, something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Advanced-NightGuard-Protector-Nighttime/dp/B0036WTV2C. You heat it initially and then bite in it to fit your teeth. It was pretty alright, a bit bulkier than the dentist night guard and more chewable which is not as great for bruxism. Per my dentist, the professional night guard is harder, and doesn't encourage chewing do may tried mess your teeth/jaws and I kinda agree. It's pretty cheap though so could be an option. Otherwise I can't remember how much my dentist night guard was, but I've had the same for 6 years so far. The dentist checks the fit every visit (once or twice a year) and so far not change so it can last a while.