Sleep & Jaw Dentistry

30% of the population are unaware that they damage their teeth at night. Are you one of them?


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Nick Sheptooha Dental Practice is proud to bring you the latest in dental technology: the MCI. The MCI is a new generation mini-splint that inhibits clenching and grinding.


Bruxism/Tooth Grinding

Bruxism is the technical term for clenching and grinding of teeth. People who suffer from bruxism unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as while they are sleeping. Grinding wears down teeth and may even fracture them and can also lead to gum and jaw problems.

Bruxism may be caused by stress, an unconscious attempt to smooth out a poor bite, sleep disorders or teeth that are missing or crooked.



The MyoHealth Clenching Inhibitor (MCI) will prevent further damage to teeth and help restore your bite. The MCI is a small appliance worn in the mouth similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard.

Many people are unaware that they have bruxism; a condition that leaves the sufferer unconsciously grinding their teeth while they sleep. If you wake up with dull headaches, facial pain, toothache or a sore jaw, you may be suffering from bruxism. You may also have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding.


Treating Bruxism

A clear acrylic device is the regular guard for treatment of bruxism. In a number of cases, it is still the best option to prevent wear of teeth and to help remove aching muscle symptoms.

Your dentist will be able to advise you as to which is the appropriate appliance for you.



CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) can be effective in treating mild to moderate cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). A sleep study is highly recommended for patients who snore loudly or who may have symptoms of OSA such as lack of energy for daily activities, waking and gasping for air, and falling asleep at inappropriate times such as in meetings in the mid-afternoon or whilst driving etc. A sleep study will determine whether you have obstructive sleep apnoea what is the best way to treat it.


Do you suffer from Snoring or OSA?

Snoring is a result of partial blocking of the upper airway due to muscles relaxing and sagging thus narrowing the airway. Loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. This is where the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops.


The Somnodent MAS

For treatment of snoring and OSA, the Somnodent is worn during sleep to maintain the patency of the upper airway. It is a simpler alternative to CPAP.


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