Covid-19 Health Update

Acadia Family Dentistry considers the health and safety of our patients and staff as our highest priority. We have implemented some additional precautionary measures apart from the universal precautions to ensure the health and well-being of everyone. Some of these measures are:
  • Scheduling high-risk patients at designated times
  • Subjecting all patients to a temperature scan at the entrance to ensure their temperatures are below 100.4 degrees.
  • Disinfecting reception room, check-in and check-out countertops and bathrooms every hour, and wiping doorknobs and sinks with disinfectant regularly.
  • Hydrogen peroxide rinses provided before treatment begins.
  • All patients will call to notify staff of their arrivals and wait in the car until they are ready to be seen.
  • Removing magazines, toys, and non-essential items from the reception room.
  • Practicing social distancing: which includes no handshaking and hugging.

Protect Your Teeth, Preserve Your Smile with Custom Night Guards for Bruxism in Thibodaux, LA Area

Protect your teeth, preserve your smile with custom night guards for bruxism in Thibodaux, LA

Are you reliant on pain medications to cope with chronic, daily headaches? Do you experience stiffness when you open and close your mouth? Do you suffer from radiating facial pain? These are a few of the telltale signs of bruxism, also known as “teeth-grinding.” Many patients don’t realize they are bruxers until after dentists like Dr. Nhu Le evaluate them during routine check-ups. Dentists are often on the frontlines of detecting this condition; they see its damaging effects. Fortunately, dentists are also on the frontlines of treatment. Custom night guards at Acadia Family Dentistry in Thibodaux, LA, are a discreet, hassle-free way to protect teeth and dental work from damage. The right, well-fitting oral appliance can also relieve the tension that is placed on “overworked” joints, which can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. 

Take back the quality of your life 

If Dr. Le suspects that you have bruxism, she will discuss symptoms with you. Depending on how you answer, we may find that night guards are an appropriate way to prevent further complications and ease symptoms that may interfere with your ability to concentrate or to get a restful night’s sleep. Patients are frequently surprised to be told that they are bruxers because teeth-grinding often occurs during sleep. Patients may also subconsciously clench or grind their teeth during the day when concentrating or as a response to stress. It is for this reason that the condition may be categorized as “awake bruxism” or “sleep bruxism.” Some patients clench their teeth and jaws throughout the day and while sleeping. 

It’s estimated that up to 250 pounds of force may be placed on the teeth, jaws, and related oral structures from the act of clenching and grinding. Oral appliances that are customized to fit your mouth can lift these tremendous forces from your teeth, jaws, joints, and muscles. So, they effectively improve pain, stiffness, and migraines.

Additionally, these appliances are made from durable yet lightweight materials. Since they are so discreet, patients generally adjust to wearing these appliances very quickly and easily. 

In fact, patients may even slip these appliances into their mouths during the day as needed. There are a variety of devices. Some designs resemble a sports mouthguard or retainer, whereas others slip over the lower front teeth to cushion the blow from chronic, intense grinding and clenching. 

Protect and invest in your smile and well-being

Sometimes, patients who have had significant dental-work may be concerned about excessive wear on fillings, crowns, bridges, and other restorations. Oral appliances that fit precisely and comfortably for optimal coverage and functionality prevent the need for what could be thousands of dollars in repairs to (or replacement of) restorations. Likewise, there is no tooth that functions quite as well as a natural tooth. Acadia Family Dentistry strives to preserve natural teeth, avoiding damage caused by bruxism with portable, easy-to-wear, and effective custom night guards or oral appliances. 

Contact us at (985) 303-2920 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Le.

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Dr. Nhu Le, DMD

Dr. Nhu Le, DMD - Acadia Family Dentistry

Dr. Nhu Le believes that her patients deserve the best dental care and treats them like family.

She attended high school in Iowa, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, graduated from dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and completed her General Practice Residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She worked for a group practice in Orlando, Florida for three years before moving to Southeast Louisiana and to New Orleans. She is currently following dental curriculum at Kois Center.

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