Your Partner in Ending TMJ Pain
The SleepGuard™ biofeedback headband allows you to reduce or eliminate migraines and headaches which stem from subconscious nighttime teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism).
In clinical trials, more than 75% of people were able to drastically reduce their nighttime clenching and associated migraines and headaches in less than a week. A few minutes of daytime practice for the first few days allows you to respond well to the biofeedback sound in your sleep without waking up.
While you sleep, SleepGuard™ senses tiny electronic EMG signals from your jaw clenching muscles, and it provides a gentle audio reminder to relax each time you clench.
SleepGuard™ keeps track of the total number of times you have clenched your teeth, and the total number of seconds of clenching. You can read these numbers out of the unit in the morning to track your progress.
The SleepGuard™ biofeedback headband can also be worn in diagnostic (silent) mode, both to measure your baseline clenching before beginning biofeedback, and to measure effects of other things (such as different mouth guards, medications, etc.) on your nightly clenching. You will know if it's working for you within two weeks of use.
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What is bruxism?
Bruxism is also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. If you find yourself waking up with sore jaw muscles or a headache, you may be suffering from bruxism.
Bruxism can cause teeth to become painful or loose, and sometimes parts of the teeth are literally ground away. Eventually, bruxism can destroy the surrounding bone and gum tissue. It can also lead to problems involving the jaw joint, such as temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:
Teeth Grinding vs. Clenching
Teeth clenching and grinding often occur subconsciously and are very similar. Grinding is the act of clenching plus moving your bottom jaw back and forth, which grinds away the enamel from your teeth. Unlike clenching, which can be silent, grinding will often produce a noticeable sound that could wake a sleeping partner.
Clenching is when your upper and lower teeth are held together with prolonged force. It may leave no visible signs, but clenching for longer than two seconds at a time can damage the roots of teeth, the trigeminal nerve, and the temporomandibular joint. Nighttime clenching often becomes an addictive habit, because part of the subconscious mind finds the sensation of clenching soothing.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint disorder means that the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn't working properly. This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side.
Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working as it should is called TMJ. Often, TMJ feels like your jaw is popping or clicking or even "getting stuck" for a moment. The exact cause of this misalignment is often impossible to determine.
How SleepGuard™ Partners With Your Subconscious Mind
The SleepGuard™ biofeedback headband doesn’t get you out of pain all by itself. It partners with your subconscious mind, so you instinctively stop clenching every time you start, and that gets you out of pain.
You do a few minutes of practice each day while awake, that creates and strengthens the part of your subconscious that will work with SleepGuard™ to stop your clenching and get you out of pain.
Painful TMJ symptoms almost always come from a nighttime teeth clenching habit. That habit is there because part of your subconscious mind has grown to like clenching during sleep.
That part of your subconscious finds the sensation of clenching soothing. It thinks it is helping you. Your subconscious doesn’t realize that clenching that feels soothing during sleep causes damage, and feels painful while awake.
Just Like the Brake Lights on the Car in Front of You…
After you train a new part of your subconscious mind to relax your jaw each time the quiet RelaxTone™ biofeedback sound is heard, SleepGuard™ acts like brake lights for your clenching and grinding.
When brake lights come on in front of you while you are driving, that signals your subconscious to step on the brakes to avoid an accident. You don’t even need to think about it, because your subconscious has been trained.
Think of your SleepGuard™ headband as a brake light that detects when you clench, making a gentle RelaxTone™ sound to remind your subconscious to relax your jaw. Because the sound is so soft, it can let you stop your clenching without waking you or your partner.
You can even adjust the volume to create the ideal level of sound for your personal desire. After a little practice responding to the sound, your subconscious is able to respond while you remain asleep, because your brain learns that responding quickly and cooperatively keeps you safe.
Just Two Minutes of Practice Per Day Lets You Respond While Sleeping
Below are the key aspects of the daily practice that teach your subconscious to relax your jaw quickly and cooperatively each and every time you are signaled in your sleep.
Unlike Mouth Guards
The Biofeedback Headband seeks to reduce or break the bruxism habit, rather than just treating the symptoms. Breaking the bruxism habit, instead of just preventing tooth damage, is especially important because of how it affects your sleep.
People only clench and grind their teeth while in shallow sleep, but stop once they enter deeper REM sleep. The discomfort and effort of clenching and grinding teeth can sometimes prevent you from entering REM sleep, leading to poor sleep and chronic fatigue.
That’s another reason a solution like SleepGuard™, which tries to get rid of the habit itself, is important.
Although most people were able to reduce their nighttime teeth clenching using the SleepGuard™. But not all patients respond to the headband and biofeedback’s use for curing bruxism. study showed that 25% of people's mind will learn to ignore any sound heard during sleep, and continue with any addictive behavior.
Measures Your Nightly Clenching and Grinding, So You Can Track Your Progress
During the first few days of using the SleepGuard™ headband, you wear it at night with the sound turned off. This will allow you to measure your initial (baseline) average clenching level. When you wake up each morning, the user friendly display will show you how many times you clenched, along with the total number of seconds you clenched.
RelaxTone™ Ensures You & Your Partner Sleep Soundly
RelaxTone™ is a patented innovation of SleepGuard™. The RelaxTone™ biofeedback tone is transmitted from your forehead to your inner ears by bone conduction, meaning the sound actually travels through the bone in your head to reach your ears.
The advantage of bone conduction is that you are able to hear quiet tones much better than someone sleeping next to you. This allows for lower volumes that won’t wake your partner, and eliminates the need for an uncomfortable earpiece that could interfere with your own sleep.
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Is the SleepGuard biofeedback headband FDA approved?
Yes. While dentist-made mouth guards are exempt form FDA regulation and are often quite toxic, SleepGuard meets and exceeds the FDA standards designed to ensure your safety.
How does the SleepGuard headband stop my clenching?
Every time the SleepGuard headband detects that you are clenching, it makes a quiet sound.Through a a couple of minutes practice when you are awake every day, you train a part of your subconscious to instinctively relax your jaw every time the quiet biofeedback sound is heard.
Once your subconscious is trained, it will partner with the biofeedback headband to almost totally eliminate your clenching each night, without you even having to wake up!
Do I have to wear the headband every night?
Some users report that using the SleepGuard biofeedback headband allows them to train themselves to stop clenching for periods of time. We recommend that users wear the SleepGuard biofeedback headband each night for at least two months, to allow healing to take place.
Once you’ve reduced your clenching, you may choose to use your SleepGuard biofeedback headband less frequently.
How long will I need to keep using the SleepGuard headband?
Just like any other habit (like over-eating or smoking or drinking or nail biting), the habit of nighttime clenching can be modified over time.
While the neural pathways in the brain that make up the habit will never be gone, they can be ignored by your brain if you develop new pathways that are stronger than the old ones.
How long it takes to modify a habit and how lastingly a habit stays modified depends on many factors in a person’s conscious and subconscious mind, and on many other brain factors that are different for every individual.
In the best cases we know of, people reduce their clenching by 95% in three days and have been able to totally eradicate the clenching habit in about six months.
What if my bruxism is from sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea experienced of “stopping of breathing” during sleep put the body under stress, and clenching and grinding is one of the common responses to such stress.
Unfortunately, if the clenching/grinding (bruxism) has become a habit over time, even if a person gets a CPAP machine or a jaw-repositioning appliance (the two most common treatments for sleep apnea), the clenching and grinding habit usually continues even after the apnea is treated.
Fortunately, the SleepGuard biofeedback headband can be used with either a CPAP machine or a jaw-repositioning device, so you can have the best of both worlds (freedom from sleep apnea and freedom from clenching and grinding).
Can it be used with a CPAP machine?
As long as the mask you use with your CPAP machine does not have a support that takes up room on your forehead (where the SleepGuard biofeedback headband needs to sit) you can use the SleepGuard headband with you CPAP machine. The most popular CPAP masks these days are quite small, and the SleepGuard headband can be used fine with those CPAP masks.
How long does it take to see results with SleepGuard?
Some people respond very quickly, while others may see a more gradual improvement over time. Many users see results in only a few days, but most users take about 10 days to see a drastic reduction in their teeth clenching/grinding.
Each morning you can check the digital display on the SleepGuard biofeedback headband and see how many times you clenched your teeth, and your total nightly damaging clenching time. This allows you to track your improvement on a daily basis.
People who train their subconscious to respond well in sleep can see an 80% reduction in total nightly damaging clenching time within a week.
Is the SleepGuard headband safe to use on children?
Dentists recommend against interfering with tooth grinding of children, because it is a natural part of how they shape their teeth. In addition, even though the SleepGuard headband is perfectly safe for children, and children may agree to use it in order to please their parents, subconsciously they don’t want to use it, and as soon as they fall asleep they reach up and take the headband off.
Since this pretty much always happens with children under the age of 16, and we don’t want children to feel they have failed their parents, we recommend against asking children to use the SleepGuard biofeedback headband.
Can I still use a mouth guard if I use the SleepGuard headband?
The SleepGuard biofeedback headband can be used with any mouth guard except a front-teeth-only mouth guard like the NTI. If you want to continue using a mouth guard to protect your teeth, particularly when you first start using your SleepGuard headband, you may do so, as long as it is not a front-teeth-only mouth guard.
Many people use the SleepGuard biofeedback headband instead of a mouth guard, but there is no problem using the two together.
How Does the RelaxTone™ Biofeedback Work?
The RelaxTone™ sound starts off very quiet, and then goes up to the volume you set if you don’t relax your clenching muscles.
Will it disrupt my sleep?
As long as you have done the recommended daytime practice so that you have trained a part of your subconscious mind to relax your jaw when the biofeedback sound is heard, you will be able to respond in your sleep without waking up.
The RelaxTone™ biofeedback only happens when you start clenching and stops when you stop. Once your grinding/clenching stops, it becomes easier for your body to enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, and once you reach REM sleep, all clenching and grinding stops. For these reasons, many users report better sleep with the SleepGuard biofeedback headband than without!
How long do the batteries last?
Batteries last for roughly 320 hours of use, or about 40 nights with 8 hours of use each night.
How long is the warranty?
SleepGuard biofeedback headbands are warrantied to be free from manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
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