Custom Night Guards

Prevent Tooth Damage from Clenching & Grinding at Night

Damage to your teeth can be caused even when you’re not awake, which is especially true for anyone who unconsciously grinds or clenches their teeth while sleeping. These nighttime grinders or clenchers are also known as bruxers, for the action of grinding your teeth, which is called bruxism

That constant grinding causes damage to the surface of both the upper and lower teeth, but your Oak Tree Dental dentist can help you prevent such damage. We can fit you for a comfortable, safe night guard to wear at night that can protect your teeth from further wear and tear.

Night guards are a common tool in the fight against unconscious grinding while asleep. The preventative care device provides a layer of defense between the top and bottom teeth, which keeps you from being able to grind them together. And there are related benefits too; night guards also help protect your mouth from gum irritation, damage to tooth enamel, jaw and tooth pain from grinding, and even from developing TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder over time.

Additionally, using a night guard can help prevent flattened, cracked, and worn-down teeth as well as tension headaches and migraines and increased tooth sensitivity. Less damage to your teeth at night means fewer tooth problems like cracking, chipping, pain, all of which can lead to future restorative dentistry treatments such as root canals, crowns or even tooth replacements. 

What is a Night Guard? 

Night guards are very similar in design and construction to that of an athletic mouth guard. They do differ in a few ways, one being that they are custom-made for each patient and their oral needs. They are molded from impressions of your teeth to precisely fit in your mouth, but are not obstructive to breathing or normal sleeping. They are most often made of acrylic material that is safe for your mouth, and sturdy for long-lasting use. 

Oak Tree Dental will help you get the perfect fit by molding the custom dental appliance specifically to the mouth and tooth structure of each patient. This professionally-created guard allows for a comfortable and safe fit designed to protect your mouth from grinding and clenching teeth throughout the night. 

What else can I do? 

Dr. Grados and Dr. Shehadeh believe a philosophy of providing their patients with proper information is the best path to proper dental health. At your next appointment, discussing any unconscious teeth grinding will help your dentist sit down with you and talk about how to help yourself reduce the severity and frequency of the grinding and clenching. 

Discussion topics may range from consumption of alcohol, the use of caffeine, and even chewing gum, among other practices that cause increased risk of night grinding. While changing these behaviors is known to reduce bruxism, it may still happen without these factors, and that’s why combining these approaches with the use of a night guard is usually recommended. 

Make an appointment

If you believe you may be experiencing unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, please contact Oak Tree Dental to set up an appointment and examination by our family-friendly dentists. 

We are happy to be the premier family-focused dental office serving the communities of West County, Sonoma County, and Marin County and the residents of Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Forestville, Graton, Guernville, and surrounding areas.

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Arline Thomas
Arline Thomas
21:58 15 Jan 20
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Tina M
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Len Hirschi
Len Hirschi
17:46 21 Dec 19
Connie is a great dental hygienist! Very good at what she does and upbeat as is the entire staff. The new doctors are personable and professional. The office has implemented a good plan of paying a small fee every month that makes payment of treatment much easier and there is discount included. I am happy with Oak Tree Dental and the entire staff. John and Patty Blount did a great job finding good people to continue with their business.
trina grady
trina grady
23:40 19 Dec 19
Warm, caring dentists and extremely talented! I had a dental emergency and they were the only dentist I found that was able to get me in right away. The work they did surpassed my expectations and I’m so happy I found them as my new dentist. Very comfortable office, everyone working there is kind and excellent at what they do. I am very picky and happy I found this place!
Missy Danneberg
Missy Danneberg
18:33 18 Dec 19
Connie is the best! Gentle but gets my teeth clean.
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Matt Hadley
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m Carbo
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John Sayage
John Sayage
15:15 03 Dec 19
Ever since I decided to start going to see Dr Shehadeh at Oak Tree, my gums have been healthier and my teeth have never been cleaner. Other dentists never took quite the same care and I can tell the difference. Come here and don’t look back.
Anne Barron
Anne Barron
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Patrick Pennington
15:34 06 Nov 19
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Natasha Dallin
02:34 06 Nov 19
Lynette Moss
Lynette Moss
21:28 08 Oct 19
Great dental office; wonderful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
JeanEmma Bova
JeanEmma Bova
01:05 03 Oct 19
Such caring and attentive dentists! They explain everything step by step and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend this practice!
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alessandra sanguinetti
20:36 26 Sep 19
larry marchesi
larry marchesi
14:19 15 Aug 19
the husband/wife team at oak tree dental took over for a dentist i had for 25 yrs, and liked a lot. i ve been to oak tree twice now and am very satisfied. friendly and professional. the work seems excellent.
John Sayage
John Sayage
19:52 22 May 19
Oak tree dental is an amazing new addition to the Sebastopol community. Dr Shehadeh took incredible care of me and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Mocking Bird
Mocking Bird
04:26 05 Sep 18
Excellent!
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Greg Thrash
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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh are a husband and wife team dedicated to making Sebastopol smile. After Dr. Grados completed dental school at NYU and Dr. Shehadeh completed dental school at University of the Pacific, the two met during residency in Brooklyn and married a few years later.

After moving back to California, the two fell in love with Sebastopol and purchased their dental practice. As new Sebastopol residents, they're looking forward to enjoying the area's relaxed pace of life, providing great dental care and forming long-lasting relationships with their patients as they become part of the community.

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Address

Oak Tree Dental Sebastopol

220 Petaluma Ave., Suite D

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 823-1029 

Open Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed 

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