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Night Guards

Protect Your Smile with Custom Night Guards

Safeguard your teeth against grinding and clenching with our tailor-made Night Guards at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. With over 30 years of dental expertise, we design night guards that fit comfortably and protect your smile while you sleep. Our custom solutions prevent wear and tear, reduce jaw pain, and help you enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. Trust in our dedicated care to provide you with a night guard that offers both protection and comfort.

Night Guards for Comfort and Protection

Our practice specializes in crafting custom-fit night guards tailored to the unique contours of your mouth. Using advanced digital impressions and high-quality materials, our skilled dental team ensures a comfortable fit and maximum protection for your teeth while you sleep. Customization allows for a snug fit that stays securely in place throughout the night, minimizing discomfort and maximizing effectiveness.

Relief from Bruxism and TMJ Disorders

Night guards are an effective solution for relieving symptoms associated with bruxism (teeth grinding) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. By providing a cushioning barrier between your upper and lower teeth, night guards help reduce the impact of clenching and grinding, alleviating muscle tension, headaches, jaw pain, and other related discomforts. Our expertise in fitting and adjusting night guards ensures optimal relief and comfort for patients suffering from these conditions.

Comprehensive Care and Support

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we offer comprehensive care and support for patients using night guards. Our team will provide detailed instructions on how to wear and care for your night guard properly. We also monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the continued effectiveness and comfort of your night guard, helping you maintain a healthy, pain-free smile.

Protect Your Smile with Night Guards

Night guards, also known as occlusal guards or mouthguards, are custom-made dental appliances designed to protect your teeth from damage caused by clenching or grinding during sleep. At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we offer personalized night guards to help alleviate symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorders, ensuring your smile stays healthy and pain-free.

Night Guards FAQ's

A night guard, also known as an occlusal splint or bite guard, is a removable dental appliance worn during sleep to protect the teeth and jaws from the effects of bruxism (teeth grinding) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Night guards are typically made of soft or hard acrylic material and customized to fit the individual’s bite pattern.

Teeth grinding can present with symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, facial muscle fatigue, tooth sensitivity, worn or flattened teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and clicking or popping noises in the jaw joint. Some individuals may also experience symptoms such as earaches, neck pain, or disrupted sleep patterns due to bruxism.

A night guard works by creating a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact during sleep. By cushioning the teeth and absorbing the forces generated by grinding or clenching, a night guard helps alleviate pressure on the teeth and jaws, reducing the risk of dental damage, muscle strain, and TMJ discomfort.

Individuals who grind or clench their teeth during sleep, either due to stress, anxiety, or other factors, can benefit from wearing a night guard. Additionally, individuals diagnosed with TMJ disorders or those experiencing symptoms of bruxism such as jaw pain, headaches, or tooth wear may benefit from using a night guard to alleviate symptoms and protect oral health.

Yes, there are several types of night guards available, including custom-fitted night guards made by a dentist or dental laboratory, over-the-counter boil-and-bite night guards, and prefabricated stock night guards. Custom-fitted night guards offer the best fit, comfort, and protection, as they are specifically tailored to the individual’s bite pattern and dental anatomy.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

Protect Your Smile and Sleep Soundly with Night Guards

Ensure the long-term health and integrity of your smile with custom night guards from Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. Our personalized approach and commitment to excellence ensure optimal comfort and protection, allowing you to wake up refreshed and pain-free. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how night guards can benefit you.

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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