Removable Appliances (Sleep Guards, Mouthguards)

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Preventive dentistry plays a key role in protecting your oral and overall health.

Some dental conditions can be prevented through preventive dentistry, which takes a proactive approach before conditions develop. Routine cleanings and exams are a form of preventive dentistry, as are treatment options such as sleep guards or mouthguards.

We offer removable appliances as part of a plan for preventive dentistry. We also offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry, which provides you with a full suite of treatments when you visit our clinic.

What are Removable Appliances?

Your teeth don’t stop working when you sleep. Sleeping should be an activity when your entire body is at rest, but that is not always the case. Some health problems can cause you to wake up in the morning with sleep-related disturbances, aches, and pains. Many patients unintentionally grind their teeth at night. In some cases, this can also happen during the day.


Bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding, is a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth. This often happens during sleep, but you may even unconsciously clench your teeth when awake or grind them during sleep.

Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related disorder that can even be linked to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Not all bruxism requires treatment. However, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to serious impacts such as jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, and more.

Preventive dentistry can help to avoid bruxism. Sleep guards are designed to stop this condition. Our dentists will help determine if this treatment is right for you.


Sports mouthguards are protective devices worn over the teeth and gums to help prevent injuries during sports activities. They cushion blows to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, and other oral traumas. Mouthguards come in various types, including custom-fitted, boil-and-bite, and stock mouthguards. Custom-fitted mouthguards, made by a dentist based on an impression of the wearer’s teeth, offer the best fit, comfort, and protection. It’s important for athletes, especially those engaged in contact sports, to wear mouthguards consistently to safeguard their oral health. We will help you select the best sports mouth guard for maximum sports performance.



Sleep Guards

Sleep guards are a preventive treatment option for those who grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. These custom-fitted devices are worn over the teeth during sleep and work by creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. This prevents tooth wear and damage caused by grinding and helps reduce strain on the jaw joints and muscles. This can help prevent jaw pain, headaches, and complications such as TMJ.

If you grind your teeth at night, sleep guards may be the right option for you. They can also be used to treat daytime clenching and grinding. Our dentists can help determine what treatment option is best.

Sometimes, sleep grinding can be a sign of a sleep related breathing disorder. If your dental team observes other signs of a potential sleep related breathing disorder from your health history and oral airway assessment, we may recommend a sleep study to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible. If you have a history of obstructive sleep apnea, our dental team is well versed in assisting you to find the best possible solution.

Benefits of Sleep Guards

Sleep guards offer several benefits, including:


Prevention of Tooth Damage: They protect teeth from the wear and tear caused by grinding or clenching.


Reduction in Jaw Strain: Cushioning the teeth alleviates stress on the jaw muscles and joints.


Alleviation of Pain: Helps prevent headaches, jaw discomfort, and other symptoms associated with bruxism.


Improvement of Sleep Quality: They contribute to better sleep by reducing grinding-related disruptions.


Long-term Oral Health: Consistent use is a preventive step to avoid more serious dental issues linked to bruxism.

Find Your Removable Appliance

Our dentists can help determine if sleep guards are right for you.

Patients benefit most from a custom-fitted mouthguard to treat teeth grinding. These outperform standard guards you can buy at retail and are much more comfortable and tolerable. If night time tooth grinding is happening because of a more significant breathing disorder, our team will address your unique health picture to find the best solution for you. Our dentists can build you custom mouthguards that can offer an effective preventive treatment option.

Schedule your first visit today to learn more about preventive dentistry. Taking action now can help you maintain your oral health for life.

Where can I find preventive dentistry in Bettendorf?

Bettendorf Family Dental offers preventive dentistry along with cosmetic and restorative options. The clinic offers routine cleanings, exams, and specialized preventive treatments such as grind guards. Taking preventive action can help ensure your oral health in the long term. Contact our clinic today at (563) 386-6910 to schedule your first visit and evaluation. Our dentists will conduct an oral exam and discuss your oral health goals with you.