Habit Appliances


Night Guards

Night guards are worn for those who grind their teeth at night. Most people are completely unaware that they grind or clench at night, because there may be no symptoms and they are asleep while they do it. Teeth grinding causes your teeth to flatten and become worn down. If not properly treated, you may experience sensitivity and pain to your teeth, cracks in your teeth, receding gums and possible tooth loss.

Ask our dentist about wearing a night guard while you sleep. Teeth grinding can eventually create problems in the future, which can lead to very expensive full mouth rehabilitation treatment.

Snore Appliances and MADs

Dr. Duffner is experienced in the fabrication of MADs, or Mandibular Advancement Devices. MADs are used to treat snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. An MAD positions the mandible or lower jaw forward during sleep. This pulls the tongue forward and helps opens the airway, thus reducing snoring and apnea events. Sleep apnea is a very dangerous disease that has many side-effects including sleep deprivation, daytime sleepiness, obesity, hypertension, stroke, heart attack and heart disease. It should be diagnosed by your physician, usually by means of a sleep study, and the best treatment is a CPAP or BiPAP machine. We recommend an MAD only for those who could not tolerate CPAP or BiPAP. Proper treatment for this disease can transform and save lives.

Contact our Homewood dentists for more information.