Sleep grinding Appliance
Your dentist has fitted you with a device to suppress jaw muscle contraction (i.e. clenching and grinding).
In addition to the verbal and written instructions that your dentist has given you, read this information over very carefully.
Check with your physician if any illnesses or medications that you may be taking would preclude you from using the device.
Advise your dentist of any allergies you might have and of any surgery or other possible reason to expect an obstruction if the device should be accidentally ingested, which would interfere with it’s elimination.
Call your dentist immediately if you experience anything unusual regarding your teeth, gums, tongue, mouth or your symptoms.
The device should fit securely without applying undue force or pressure to an individual tooth.
If you should awaken after properly inserting the device somewhere other than in your mouth in its original position, sit up or stand upright to reinsert it and confirm it cannot be removed by applying pressure to it with your tongue.
IF YOU CAN REMOVE IT WITH YOUR TONGUE BY APPLYING PRESSURE OR IF THE DEVICE DOES NOT LOCK INTO PLACE WITH A SNAP, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY AND RETURN TO DENTIST FOR REFITTING.
Discontinue use if you are ill, have a cold, flu or other illness which could cause dislodgment of the device.
NEVER drink anything without removing the device FIRST.
NEVER attempt to wear this device while you eat or chew anything.
NEVER insert or remove the device while lying on your back. Insert or remove the device ONLY when standing or sitting upright.
Do NOT attempt to insert or use the device if you are intoxicated or taking prescription, over-the-counter drugs and/or any other drugs which make you drowsy or would impair you from inserting the device correctly.
If your device should chip or crack, or if its condition changes in any way or appears to change in any way, DISCONTINUE use immediately and call your dentist to repair it.
If you have any dental work or procedure done on your teeth after receiving your device, have your dentist examine the device to insure proper fit, following the work or procedure.
Always bring your device with you during your dental checkup so your dentist can examine it for any repairs or adjustments.
When not in use, always place the device in the device container given to you by your dentist.
CARE FOR YOUR DEVICE AND HOLDER
1. Always brush and floss your teeth before use. Trapping food debris and plaque under the device is unhealthy.
2. Wear nightly or daily, as instructed by your dentist.
3. Clean your device after each time you wear it. To clean the device, rinse with cool water.
DO NOT USE HOT OR BOILING WATER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES – THIS WILL ALTER YOUR DEVICE AND RENDER IT UNSAFE TO WEAR.
Denture cleaner loosens plaque and helps prevent staining if used to soak your device. DO NOT USE A TOOTHBRUSH OR TOOTHPASTE.
Call your dentist if any problems develop, such as sore spots, sensitive teeth, or sore jaw muscles.
Do not attempt to file or alter the device in any way. This should all be made by your dentist.
It is your dentist’s desire that your experience be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have concerns and/or questions about your progress, please call your dentist’s office immediately!
We encourage you to speak up if you do not like or understand some aspects of your oral care. You deserve to be heard and your dentist deserves the opportunity to listen. This is what most dentists do, and they will make considerable efforts to accomodate you.
You will be responsible for all costs incurred if you fail to follow these instructions.