Welcome to Santa Teresa Smiles in Santa Teresa, NM!

We proudly offer custom-designed mouthguards to protect your smile as well as treat a wide range of dental concerns from sleep apnea to nighttime teeth grinding to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Our skilled, experienced team will examine your smile and discuss your symptoms (if any) to determine if an oral appliance is the best option for your dental needs!

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Sportsguards

Whether you or your little leaguer are playing contact sports, our custom mouthguards are specifically designed to safeguard adults’ and kids’ smiles. We create custom-fitted, retainer-like sportsguards that fit snugly around your upper and lower teeth. Our sportsguards create a thick barrier between your teeth and any objects they may come into contact with such as sports balls or elbows. Made from a durable, shock-resistant material, our sportsguards can protect your teeth and jawbone.

Sportsguard FAQs

When it comes to sports injuries, dental-related injuries are the most common. Our teeth can’t replace themselves, so it’s important to protect them and keep them in great condition. Our sportsguards are a preventive barrier to safeguard the teeth and jaw while you enjoy participating in your favorite sport.

If you are choosing between a boil-and-bite mouthguard from a sporting goods store and a custom-fitted, professional-grade mouthguard, there are some things to consider. The level of protection a mouthguard provides depends greatly on the fit. Custom sportsguards provide more protection because they fit snugly over the teeth for optimal security.

Nightguards

Nighttime teeth grinding can wear down, crack, and chip teeth over time. It can also have negative effects on jawbone health as well as the temporomandibular joints. Our nightguards are made to go over the upper and lower arch of teeth to create a protective barrier between the two arches while you sleep. Don’t let nighttime teeth grinding jeopardize your oral health, our mouthguards can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!

Nightguard FAQs

  • Loud Grinding & Clenching
  • Fractured, Flattened Teeth
  • Frequent Headaches & Earaches
  • Increased Tooth Pain & Sensitivity

No. Nightguards do not solve the issue, they only protect the teeth and jaw from it. It’s important that if you are struggling with teeth grinding that you see a healthcare professional to try to get down to the bottom of the issue as it can lead to a wide scope of health issues down the road.

woman frustrated with her sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea Appliances

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that interrupts your breathing patterns while you sleep. At our office, we treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth soften and block the airway during sleep. Our custom oral appliances are retainer-like trays that reposition your jaw to keep your airway unobstructed. They can help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve and safeguard your overall health.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

  • Chronic Snoring
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of Energy During the Day
  • Mood Changes
  • Sore Throat
  • Waking Up Gasping for Air

To get diagnosed with sleep apnea, you need to see a sleep doctor and undergo a sleep study to see if you have sleep apnea and which type you have: central or obstructive. If you have OSA, we can create custom-fitted sleep apnea appliances to help treat the issue.

woman experiencing jaw pain

TMJ/TMD Appliances

TMD is a disorder that affects your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw and the skull together to give your jaw the mobility and flexibility to move up and down and side to side. When the joints aren’t functioning properly due to damage or injury, it can cause a myriad of issues, including neck pain, lockjaw, migraines, and more. Our oral appliances can help alleviate the symptoms associated with TMD to give you the relief you deserve.

TMD FAQs

  • Aching in or Around Your Ears
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Facial Pain
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Lockjaw or Clicking Jaw
  • Teeth Grinding

For many, TMD is a curable disorder. However, every patient is different. At your TMD consultation, we’ll be able to examine your specific case and provide you with a more accurate and informed treatment plan catered to you.

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