Do you grind your teeth? I do, and as a result I often suffer from aching jaws and teeth, and experience frequent headaches.
About six months ago, with work becoming increasingly stressful and the issue of me clenching and grinding my teeth became apparent to me, I headed online to research what I can do to resolve the issue, or at the very minimum reduce the impact the tension was having upon my teeth and facial muscles.
I didn't have to carry out too much of an online research before I discovered the website for the product Sleep Right No Boil Dental Guard.
The website taught me a bit about mouth guards - I was a complete newbie about mouth guards and the like - and I soon learned that purchasing a fitted dental guard via a Dentist was likely to be well out of my tight budget and that other 'off-the-shelf' dental guards required messy boiling or other heat treatments in order to mould the mouthguard to suit the individual's mouth.
* No need to boil
* Easy to clean
* Light weight design and flexible plastic
* Adjustable to gain a tailored fit
* Product purpose matches need
From viewing the images on the website alone, the Sleep Right No Boil Dental Guard looked easy to use as well as appearing as though the person could wear the guard discretely and without much disruption to being able to speak. Priced at $49.95 for the Dura-Comfort model, which although the priciest of the different models appeared the most suitable for my needs. With a huge sigh over my needing to purchase such a product, I purchased the Dental Guard via the company's website the following day after waking up with my jaw clenched so tight that I found it painful the moment I released the tension by opening my mouth.
I didn't have any problems or hassles with purchasing the product, and delivery was quick considering the product was coming from overseas.
That very first night, I was keen to try out my new Dental Guard. By this time, my jaw, teeth and gums were in a state of constant dull ache, and my teeth had loosened from all the clenching that I was powerless to prevent happening as I slept. I spent an hour or two that afternoon just fiddling around with the adjustable part trying to get the fit 'just right'.
Although I intended to wear the Dental Guard, I didn't get to.
For starters, no matter how I adjusted the dental guard, I just could not get it to fit against my back teeth the way they were supposed to while keeping the connecting band that wraps around the front of your bottom teeth. I could either get the band to sit comfortably, but the bitepads felt wrong, or I got the bitepads feeling right but the band didn't sit or feel right.
While the guard was in my mouth, I started drooling - excessively. This caused the already slipping around dental guard to slip about inside my mouth even more so, irritating me. The only way I could gain peace from the guard slipping around was if I clamped down strongly on the bitepad. This seemed counter-intuitive to me: I had purchased this product to help me eliminate my clenching problem, not continue this problem.
The band and bitepad were thin, and at the rate I was going as I sat on my bed that afternoon just trying the dental guard out while awake, I worried that when night came my super-clenching strength would cause me to chew through something so thin and 'pliable'.
When I went to bed that night, I was determined to still give the product a try - I really wanted and needed to give my poor mouth a break. So I didn't care about the increased saliva levels that comes with wearing it, settled on a compromised adjustment for the band and bitepad so that both felt 'a little bit wrong' rather than one feeling completely wrong while the other felt just right, and I settled myself down.
But I could not sleep. The Sleep Right No Boil Dental Guard felt too loose in my mouth, and although my clenching was cushioned, so I wasn't getting any of the pain and ache I had been experiencing, I just could not sleep for one reason: I could trust that once I fell asleep the product wouldn't slip out of place and become a choking hazard.
Every time I relaxed my jaw even slightly, the product slipped around or popped out. The only way I could keep it securely in place was to clench my teeth - hard.
I tried a couple of times over the next few weeks to use the dental guard, but I never gained any trust for the product - actually, as the product 'loosened' up a bit, I actually lost even more trust that it wouldn't become a choking hazard for me. So now the product simply sits in its little casing 'unused' (except for the trying out while awake).
In the end, I just purchased Sunrider Calli Tea 'Sleep', to relieve how stressed I was feeling, and within 3 days of drinking this wonderful herbal tea was back to get peaceful sleep - and surprised I hadn't thought of this as a solution much earlier! ** for more information about Sunrider click here**
Other people may end up with a different experience when using Sleep Right No Boil Dental Guard, as I have read that there are other sizes of the product (which may be more suitable); but I'm not prepared to waste any more of my money chasing a 'fit'.
I paid $49.95 (plus postage and handling) when I ordered directly from the company website, but the company also sells the product at a significantly lesser price of $19.97 via Amazon.com.
My Rating: 1 star - I wish it had of worked for me, but it didn't.
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