Dental appliances, often called mouth guards, can provide relief for a variety of conditions, including migraines, sleep apnea, snoring and TMJ pain. These conditions affect millions of Americans and dental appliances and mouth guards are among the most common treatments. After evaluation and consultation, sometimes in conjunction with additional specialists, a dental appliance will be customized for you.

Remedy for Migraines


If your migraine headaches stem from cranial dental imbalances, a custom dental appliance may offer relief. Bite guards, also called mouth guards, protect the teeth, muscles and joints by suppressing muscle contraction. Our team at Southport Family Dental will work to identify the remedy for migraines that meets your needs.  Our dentists may recommend a dental appliance either during diagnostic treatment planning or to relieve muscle pain and tooth wear.




A sleep apnea mouthpiece is a dental appliance that helps to keep the airway open during sleep to prevent and reduce blockages. Southport Family Dental can fit you for a sleep apnea mouthpiece that maximizes your comfort and relief. Portable and lightweight, wearing a custom dental appliance, like a sleep apnea mouthpiece, provides a simple solution to a serious condition.




A snoring mouthpiece, often called a dental appliance or oral appliance therapy, is a small plastic device worn in the mouth to eliminate snoring. Dental appliances keep the airway open so that snoring ceases or abates. Southport Family Dental fits custom-made dental appliances to maximize your comfort and relief.  Snoring mouthpieces generally perform two functions: they either retain the tongue or reposition the mandible. By stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue, these custom dental appliances help to stop snoring and relieve partial airway obstruction.




To determine whether a TMJ appliance can offer you effective pain relief, Dr. Pizzino will conduct a thorough examination. This exam may include bite alignment assessments, evaluation of your Temporomandibular joint and related musculature, palpating around the head to identify areas of sensitivity or pain, and evaluating the teeth and jaw in motion.  Sometimes dental X-rays can reveal concealed abnormalities. After this exam, our dentists can determine whether a TMJ appliance is right for you.

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