Night Guards and Sports Guards

in Shakopee, MN

At Kuhr Dental Group in Shakopee, MN, we understand the importance of not just treating dental issues, but actively preventing them. Our team specializes in providing personalized night guards and sports guards, ensuring your teeth are protected whether you’re asleep or active. Let’s explore how our custom solutions can safeguard your smile.

Do You Need a Night or Sports Guard? Here’s How to Tell:

If you experience teeth grinding, jaw pain, or frequent headaches, especially upon waking, a night guard may be necessary to protect against bruxism and TMJ disorders. 

For athletes or those engaged in physical sports, a professional mouth guard is essential to prevent dental injuries. It’s recommended to consult with a dental professional, like those at Kuhr Dental Group, who can assess your individual needs and advise the appropriate guard.

How do Night Guards Work?

Night guards form a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing contact during sleep. This reduces the damage from teeth grinding (bruxism) and lessens the strain on the jaw, thereby alleviating symptoms of TMJ disorders. By cushioning the jaw muscles, night guards also help reduce headaches and discomfort associated with clenching, ensuring a more comfortable and undisturbed sleep.

What Can a Night Guard Help With?

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders): Night guards alleviate stress on the jaw joint, reducing TMJ-related discomfort.
  • Bruxism: They protect against tooth wear and damage caused by grinding.
  • Snoring: By adjusting jaw position, night guards can reduce snoring in some individuals.
  • Sleep Apnea: While not a cure, they may assist in managing mild cases of sleep apnea by improving airway flow.
  • Headache and Earache Relief: A nightguard reduces grinding-related headaches and earaches.
  • Tooth Protection: It prevents fractures, chips, and wear from teeth grinding.
  • Bite Stabilization: Helps maintain the natural bite by reducing wear.
  • Improved Sleep: Alleviates discomfort for better sleep quality.

How do Sports Guards Work? 

Sports guards provide a cushioned barrier between the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth, absorbing and distributing the force from impacts during physical activities. This reduces the risk of dental injuries like fractured teeth, lacerations to the gums, and jaw damage. Custom-fitted sports guards offer a snug fit, ensuring comfort and effective protection, allowing athletes to focus on their performance without worrying about oral injuries.

What Can a Sports Guard Help With?

  • Dental Injury Prevention: Protects teeth from impacts during sports, reducing the risk of fractures, chips, and tooth loss.
  • Oral Soft Tissue Protection: Shields lips, gums, and cheeks from cuts and bruises.
  • Concussion Mitigation: May help lessen the severity of concussions by absorbing shock.
  • Jaw Support: Provides stability to the jaw, preventing dislocations and injuries.
  • Improved Athletic Performance: Offers peace of mind, allowing athletes to focus on their sport without fear of oral injuries.

The Mouth Guard Process at Kuhr Dental Group:

At Kuhr Dental Group, we follow a meticulous and personalized process to ensure that every custom mouthguard we provide is perfectly suited to our patient’s needs. Here’s a brief overview of our process:


  1. Initial Consultation: Your journey begins with a detailed discussion and examination to understand your specific needs, whether for a night guard or a sports guard.
  2. Precise Impression Taking: We create accurate impressions of your teeth, ensuring that your mouth guard fits perfectly for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
  3. Personalized Fabrication: Each guard is meticulously crafted to suit your unique dental structure, providing optimal protection.
  4. Fitting and Adjustments: Once your mouth guard is ready, we’ll ensure it fits comfortably, making any necessary adjustments for a perfect fit.
  5. Care Instructions: We provide comprehensive guidance on how to care for your mouth guard, ensuring its longevity and hygiene.
  6. Follow-up Support: Our team is always available for any additional adjustments, queries, or replacements you might need in the future.

Protect Your Teeth with Kuhr Dental Group!

At Kuhr Dental Group, we’re not just about providing services; we’re about ensuring your long-term dental health and comfort. Whether it’s a custom night guard to combat grinding or a sports guard to protect during your active moments, we’re here to offer the best care. Remember, protecting your smile today means preserving your dental health for tomorrow. Contact us to begin your journey towards comprehensive dental protection.