Over 60 million Americans grind their teeth at night. Sleep bruxism is a stress-related sleep disorder that manifests itself in teeth grinding and jaw clenching while sleeping. As health-care professionals who often see their patients on a more regular basis that physicians, dentists and dental hygienists have recently become more actively involved in treating bruxism.
Nightgard is the first FDA-cleared prescription custom dental nightguard designed specifically for the treatment of sleep bruxism. Created by Steve Washburn, former CEO of Shock Doctor, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of athletic mouthguards, Dreamgard’s innovative solution for the treatment of bruxism is the result of extensive research and development, and market analysis and input from top medical professionals including William L. Balanoff, DDS, MS, FICD, and Mark W. Mahowald, M.D.
Bruxism can result in a variety of dental and medical issues, including moderate to severe tooth wear and damage, tooth, jaw, facial and neck pain, headaches and sleep disruption. Using a patient driven design, Dreamgard has created a collection of innovative custom nightguards that set a new standard of care and treatment for sufferers and dentists.
According to its website, "Dreamgard custom nightguards are ultra thin and low profile, utilizing an advanced multi-layer soft/hard construction. The soft inner layer provides comfort and cushioning while the hard outer layer provides protection and durability. This innovative design offers the best combination of fit, comfort, protection and effectiveness, assuring ease of use and likelihood you’ll wear your Dreamgard all night long and wake up to relief."
Dreamgard offers three models of nightguards to meet the fit and comfort preferences of the individual and to treat differing levels of bruxism severity. Patients are encouraged to discuss with their dentist which model is right for them.
According to dreamgardcom, Steve Washburn left his job as CEO of Shock Doctor, Inc. when he noticed that his wife could n ot find an effective and affordable treatment to relieve her nighttime teeth grinding. He also learned that there was as many as 50 million bruxism sufferers in the U.S. who were not being treated due to a lack of education on bruxism and the high cost of treatment. Washburn committed himself to solving this problem affecting the lives of so many people needlessly.
When, after 16 years, Steve Washburn left his job as CEO of Shock Doctor, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of athletic mouthguards, he noticed that his wife was frustrated in finding an effective and affordable treatment to relieve the symptoms of her nighttime teeth grinding. He also learned that there was as many as 50 million bruxism sufferers in the US that were not being treated due to a lack of education on bruxism and the high cost of treatment. Washburn committed himself to solving this problem affecting the lives of so many people needlessly.
Washburn knew from his experience with athletic mouthguards that there must be a better solution. Partnering with leading experts in the field, Washburn developed a superior custom dental solution for the treatment of nighttime teeth grinding that is effective, affordable and accessible by everyone.
Today, Dreamgard offers FDA cleared custom dental nightguards that use state-of-art technology to protect bruxism sufferers against the harmful effects of grinding. Dreamgard nightguards are made in Dreamgard Labs, its dedicated professional dental lab, located in the U.S.
"I know from personal experience just how hard it is to suffer from nighttime teeth grinding," says Washburn. "Finding an effective solution shouldn’t be as difficult, frustrating and costly as it is today. We just wanted to find a way to help people. We think we’ve made a start."
For more information visit dreamgard.com.