Do you ever wake up after your night’s sleep with a headache or a sore jaw? The chances are you might be grinding your teeth at night which is causing these issues, without you even knowing it. Because the majority of this activity occurs whilst you’re sleeping, it’s hard to tell whether you actually grind your teeth.

There are five common signs and symptoms that are identified by your dentist that can determine whether you actually grind your teeth at night. The technical term for this is bruxism. If these are apparent, a solution that’s normally suggested after your consultation is a night guard for teeth grinding. Often the signs and symptoms identified can determine whether this is the correct solution.

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms when you wake up in the morning, now would be the time to consider booking a consultation with us to decide whether a night guard for teeth grinding is the right solution for you.

Waking up with a sore jaw or teeth pain

When your teeth grind at night it puts strain on your jaw and causes your muscles to inflame in the process. When you wake up, you’re likely to feel pain in your jaw muscles and make it difficult for your jaw to manoeuvre during the day. This can provide difficulty when you talk or chew food and may experience a clicking or popping sound whilst you move your jaw. This can be an extremely common symptom for suffering from bruxism. 

You wake up with a headache

Whilst waking up with a headache can have several causes, if it’s a regular occurrence it’s likely that you’re grinding your teeth at night. Depending on the pressure being applied to your jaw and how vigorous the grinding is, your headaches could be mild or severe. Typically, the headaches will occur around the sides, centre and at the back of your head. The headaches are as a result of the pressure being applied to your jaws. 

Wear on your tooth appears visible

Considering how often you’re likely to be grinding your teeth, it’ll come to a point where your teeth can no longer take the pressure and start to show signs of wear and tear. In doing so, your enamel will reduce and leave your teeth exposed to sensitivity. Visible signs your teeth are wearing include:

  • Your teeth appear shorter
  • There are visible cracks
  • Molars look flat at the top
  • You have chips in your tooth that you don’t realise where they came from

You’re told that you grind your teeth

Probably the most embarrassing way to find out that you’re grinding your teeth is someone actually telling you. If you live with a partner or family member, during the night they may hear the sounds that you make at night, keeping them up at night or disturbing their sleep. If that’s the case, you’re very likely to need a night guard for teeth grinding. 

Using a night guard for teeth grinding

If you suffer from the symptoms above, visiting the team here at Dental Solutions can help us to better understand where you need a night guard for teeth grinding. We’ll take you through a consultation where we’ll review your symptoms and the issues you have and then provide a solution to your problems. Contact us today to book an appointment and one of our dedicated team will be in touch with you.

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Snoring at night isn’t usually something that we become aware of until our partner comments on it. It can be rather embarrassing for some when they discover they’ve been keeping their partner up through their loud snoring. If it’s a problem that you have, a snoring mouth guard may be the solution for you. 

The problem is, there are so many different snoring solutions out there it can be difficult to understand which one is best. Furthermore, they are sold under many names you might not be familiar with. If you’re unsure about what you’re looking for, here are the facts you need to know about finding the best mouth guard to stop snoring.

How the mouthpiece works

There can be several reasons why you’re snoring at night. One of the most common reasons is when the tongue drops towards the back of your throat. A mouthpiece can help to resolve this issue by applying light tension to the lower jaw and pulling the tongue forward. This helps to clear the airway and prevent sound being heard.

The differences between a snoring mouthpiece, snoring mouthguard and anti-snoring braces

Snoring mouthpiece

Here at Dental Solutions we recommend a snoring mouthpiece, technically named as a mandibular advancement device, is considered the common form of solution to stop your snoring issues. It prevents your airway from becoming blocked by your tongue falling to the back of your throat. It does so by applying slight tension on your lower jaw muscles and gently pushes them forward slightly. Your tongue is attached to the lower jaw, so when the lower jaw is pushed forward, so does the tongue, clearing the airways and preventing a blockage.

Snoring mouthguard

The snoring mouthguard is slightly different in function when it’s compared to a snoring mouthpiece. A mouth guard is considered more of a “mouth shield” and prevents the throat and soft tissues muscles located at the back of the mouth from vibrating – this issue is more commonly known as “mouth snoring”. 

It’s shape is similar to what a boxer wears during matches, except the design is far slimmer. It fits in the mouth by surrounding the upper teeth in the mouth, loosely fitted for a comfortable fit. This means you won’t be disturbed or feel discomfort whilst you sleep. There’s also no risk of choking as the appliance is too large to do so.

Anti-snoring braces

The purpose of an anti-snoring brace caters to those who snore in any position they sleep in, even when the mouth is closed (retrovelar snoring). The difference with an anti-snoring brace is that the device is bow-shaped and covered in silicone. It’s fitted at the back of the mouth to put the palatal arch under slight pressure and prevents the issue of mouth snoring.

Difference in function between the devices

Whilst each of the devices still have the same purpose, their functionality can be slightly different when it comes to how they’re fitted. If you’re purchasing a mouth guard to stop snoring, it’s useful to know that they can work in two ways: using traction or applying pressure in the mouth.

Using pull effect

Devices that use a pull effect are typically comfortable in their fitting as they’re considered rather flexible. Typically, they’re designed using elastic strips or plastic spacers and prevent snoring by applying light tension to the mandible to bring the jaw forward and prevent the tongue from slipping towards the back of the throat.

Using pressure

For mandibular devices that apply pressure, they aim to move the jaw forward using a connection in the device that’s either in the form of a tight-screw or plug connection. This is a fixed connection which means once the device is in place, the lower jaw cannot be moved and the tissue instantly becomes tense.

Different fits for mouth guards to stop snoring – Boil ‘n’ Bite vs. Custom-Made

The fitting of your mouth device needs to be as comfortable as possible and there are two possible options that can help you to achieve this.

Boil ‘n’ Bite Devices

Due to the functionality of a boil ‘n’ bite device and how it’s fitted, this is the cheapest option for patients. This is because you’re required to fit the device yourself. As pretty much explained in the name, the device is required to warm up in a hot water bath until it becomes malleable. The mouthpiece can then be put in the mouth and needs biting down on to make a mould of your jaw once it hardens. This produces an impression of your teeth to fit your mouthpiece. 

However, as is the case for boil n bite sports mouthguards, these DIY devices rarely work as they use inferior materials and are not custom fitted by experts.

Custom-Made Fit

With a custom-made fit, the work is done by the dentist who takes an impression of your teeth and then creates the anti-snoring device accordingly, considering the patient’s unique dentition and bite. Beneficially, a custom-made fit can mould your teeth precisely and fit to the particularities of your mouth. This can make the mould extremely effective and comfortable. 

Essential oral hygiene care

Whichever option you think is suitable for you, one common factor that applies to both appliances is making sure you apply good oral hygiene when you wear them. When food particles are left surrounding the mouth at night, it makes it easy for oral flora bacteria to form. The snoring mouthpiece can also make it a perfect environment for the bacteria to populate, leading to eventual teeth decay.

To prevent this, brush your teeth and snoring device daily after use. There are several cleaning methods that you can use including gels, cleaning brushes and dissolving tablets. It is important, however, you don’t use products that are too aggressive and damage the snoring pieces. 

If you suffer from snoring, we can help you here at Dental Solutions. We can explain the pros and cons of choosing a mouthguard to stop snoring, and to help you to understand whether it’s the best option for you. Contact us today or book an appointment with us to discuss your options.

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and find that your jaw feels sore and a minor headache pain has occurred? It can be puzzling to understand how you subconsciously do this. Perhaps it’s because you slept in an awkward position or the actions that your jaw has taken throughout the day has caught up to you in the evening. 

There can be many reasons why you’re clenching your jaw at night, including one of the points made above or you’re experiencing bruxism where you experience your teeth clenching at night whilst you sleep. This condition can be relatively difficult to detect as teeth grinding commonly doesn’t project noise whilst you do it. 

Considering the symptoms of Bruxism can be relatively painful at times, it’s important to understand the reasons why you’re clenching your jaw at night. In doing so, you can help to find the source of the problem and be better prepared to overcome the issue.

1. Build up of stress

When you experience high levels of stress, your body tends to feel rather tense and causes it to become stiff. This feeling of tension can also translate to your mouth as you’re unable to relax whilst you go to sleep.

How significant your jaw clenching is can be impacted by how you deal with the stress you have. If you feel as though stress is impacting your sleep, consider discussing the matter with your dentist or another medical professional. They’ll be able to advise on techniques that can help to relieve stress which can include breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation.

2. Misalignment with your teeth

In other cases, Bruxism isn’t caused by mental concerns but the physical autonomy of your teeth and mouth. Over time, if your teeth have become misaligned or your bite has become uneven you’re more likely to experience clenching your jaw at night.

Visiting a dentist about this issue can help to resolve your problems. Bespoke dental splints can be fitted to help align your teeth and jaw and separate them from the grinding issues you have.

3. You suffer from a sleeping disorder

Another cause for clenching your jaw at night are sleeping disorders. Studies show that there is a link between sleeping disorders and Bruxism. Sleep apnea is considered a severe form of sleeping disorder. It involves a complete collapse of the air passage whilst you sleep, causing your oxygen levels to dip.

The body’s natural reaction to this is clenching your teeth to prevent the pause of breath and wake the body up. Due to the process of sleep apnea, the common symptoms for the condition are tiredness, headaches and consistent movement whilst you sleep.

How to resolve clenching your jaw at night

If you feel as though you suffer from Bruxism, here at Dental Solutions we can offer a consultation to understand the problem and recommend how you can get to the bottom of the problem.

We offer a range of treatments to overcome Bruxism issues for our patients and ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Call us today or book an appointment.

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In the last couple of months, we’ve seen many of the processes in our dental practice change since COVID-19. We’re dedicated to ensuring our patients are safe and have the best possible experience with us. So, we’ve had to adapt and make noticeable changes to keep health and safety a priority at Dental Solutions.

These changes have also included introducing virtual consultations for our patients. This helps us to continue providing treatment and essential advice so you can look after your oral health. Whilst this has been a necessity for us to introduce, as a dedicated nervous patient approved clinic, we always have you in mind.

Since the introduction of video consultations, we’ve found many of our nervous patients have found it an enjoyable experience. Being in the comfort of their own home and familiarising themselves with our team before their appointment, it’s proved to be a beneficial service that has smoothed their process when eventually visiting the practice.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here are some stories from our patients who have enjoyed their video consultation experience with us.

Nervous Patient Stories

Charlie’s story

‘I hadn’t been to a dentist for 10 years as I suffered very badly from dental phobia, but specifically a fear of needles. I spent a lot of time researching dentists for nervous patients and the Dental Solutions website kept coming up. They had lots of testimonials from their nervous patients so I felt they’d be able to help me and so I sent Gavin an email. Their video consultation service was perfect for me as my wife was shielding during lockdown so she could be with me to keep me calm. So when I had my video consultation with their dentist Lauren, it minimized my anxiety. She was in her home, I was in mine! I have since been to the practice for a consultation. Even though the team were in their full PPE, the fact that I had already met Lauren on video made it easy, and I also felt very safe with the steps the team had taken to keep me virus free.  I am now going ahead with treatment which I never thought I would. I can highly recommend Lauren and all the team at Dental Solutions- I thought they would be judgmental but they weren’t at all – just kind, understanding, supportive and helped me through to treatment.’

Lizzie’s story

‘I hadn’t been to a dentist for many years as I was very nervous about going to one. But the time spent in lockdown forced me to take action. My own NHS dentist was closed so I googled around and found Dental Solutions. The fact that they did video consultations was even better as I could chat to Lauren, one of the dentists first from the comfort of my own home. Having met her first on video- she is lovely- gave me the courage to come into the practice within a week for a face to face consultation. I was very nervous at the start but quickly felt at ease. Lauren has recommended a course of treatment to fill some of my teeth, but my first step is a hygiene appointment which is now booked in the diary.  I would recommend Dental Solutions to anyone.’

Book your video consultation with us

Our free video consultations covers a range of services including orthodontics, implants and general dentistry. If you’re interested in booking one with our team, click here:

You’ll just require to fill in a few personal details including your name, contact details, brief medical history and some information about how we can help you. Once you’ve filled out the form, we’ll send you an appointment confirmation to your email. 

We want to make your experience with us as simple and easy as possible. Whether you’re a nervous patient or not, book a video consultation with us and one of our dentists will be ready to provide you with the information and advice you need whilst you sit comfortably in your home.

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Gavin Laidlaw BDS, Practice Principal and Accredited Save Face Practitioner is able to safely perform facial rejuvenation treatments for our patients from 4th  July, in line with the very latest Save Face protocols and Government Department of Health Guidelines.

Our dental practice has been open since the beginning of June and we have been initially treating our emergency patients, but government lifting guidelines and the implementation of safety measures have enabled us to restart our facial rejuvenation treatments once again.

Our team are fully compliant with Department of Health guidelines of wearing full PPE, including high grade surgical masks, visors, plastic aprons, gloves and shoe protectors. In addition we have allocated extra time between appointments for additional cleaning and ventilation. We have a protective perspex screen in our Reception area, and all payments are contactless. Social distancing within the practice is observed at all times.

We can now offer free initial consultations with Gavin, and our rejuvenation treatment prices start from £250 for 3 areas.

We look forward to helping you to smooth away any lockdown wrinkles and frown lines soon. We may be a little more covered up behind our masks, but underneath them we are still the same smiley team as ever!

To book your appointment with us, call our reception team on 01925 756565 who can help to arrange this for you.

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Have you ever woken up in the morning and found that your jaw hurts or you’ve developed a chalky taste in your mouth? It’s possible that you’re grinding your teeth at night. The technical terms for teeth grinding is Bruxism and can occur subconsciously whilst you sleep but also whilst you’re awake.  

During the day, it’s common for a person to be performing a task and clenching their teeth together, applying force that contracts the muscles in the jaw. Clenching basically pushes lots of power onto to your teeth, but there’s no side to side movement, and it can be just as destructive as grinding. During the daytime, clenching can be associated with tasks such as heavy lifting and driving. Whilst you sleep, the contractions can also contract rhythmically.

Symptoms of teeth clenching

Does this sound familiar to you? There are noticeable symptoms if you suffer from Bruxism with the most common symptom being headaches. If you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night, you’re likely to suffer from headaches three times as much.

Other noticeable symptoms of Bruxism include pain in the face, temporomandibular joint discomfort, stiffness in your neck and in the shoulders, pain in your ear and common sleeping disorders. If the teeth grinding happens regularly, your teeth will show wear and tear which over time, and could lead to a fracture in the jaw or a loss of teeth.

Top tips to stop grinding your teeth at night

There are several causes for grinding or even clenching your teeth at night. If you’re looking to treat this it’s first important to understand what the cause of it is. Your dentist can help to evaluate this and then provide you with a plan. These treatments tend to be one of the following:

Occlusal appliances

An occlusal appliance is considered the best method of treating teeth grinding at night. It takes up many different forms including a splint, night guard, bruxism appliance or a plate. Whatever the appliance, your dentist will have these custom made for your own mouth and fitted for the top and bottom of the mouth. 

Wearing one of these appliances will be beneficial for the health of your teeth. They can protect your teeth and reduce the jaw pain that you’re experiencing. The appliances are to be worn during the night whilst you sleep.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

Mandibular advancement devices are another form of appliance that can be used to help this issue. They are also custom-made devices to be fitted on the top and bottom of your mouth and are more commonly suggested due to a sleeping disorder which causes the grinding. The purpose of the device is to bring the bottom of your jaw (mandibular) forward. This helps to overcome such sleeping disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. 

Relaxation techniques

In other cases, the cause of the grinding can be due to feelings of stress or anxiety. In which case, behavioural management may be the way forward as a solution. Relaxation techniques such medication can help the management of stress.

In unique cases, you may need to perform relaxation techniques and obtain an occlusal appliance to help overcome the issue of teeth grinding at night.

Consult with your dentist

To help your issue with teeth grinding at night will require an examination with your dentist or an oral surgeon. After the examination, a plan for treatment can be provided, including the best possible advice to help overcome the issue. Dental Solutions offers a free initial consultation with our Principal Dentist, Gavin Laidlaw who will prescribe the most appropriate treatment for your clenching or grinding. Call our Reception team on 01925 756565 or book an online appointment with Gavin.

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Practice Re-opening

by on 4th June 2020 | Posted in blog

An update from our Practice Principal Dentist, Gavin Laidlaw BDS. 

Whilst we continue to offer remote consultations and telephone support, we are delighted to announce that further easing of COVID-19 restrictions means we have been able to reopen our practice.

We are phasing back treatments gradually and prioritising those who have urgent needs or are in discomfort. We therefore ask for your patience as we work through the build-up of requests we received whilst the practice was closed.

Please call us to book an appointment or learn more about the added protocols being taken to protect the health of our patients and staff.

Thank you for all your support and understanding and we hope to see you soon.

So, what can you expect when you next visit?

You will notice some changes at your next appointment which include the following:

Best wishes,

Gavin Laidlaw

Principal Dentist

Dental Solutions Lymm


[email protected]

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Are you happy with your smile? Is there anything you would like to improve? Try our new free video consultation service.

Here at Dental Solutions, we’re always looking to provide you with the best possible service for your dental needs. Whilst our practice currently remains closed during CV-19 restrictions, we’re now happy to introduce free 20 minute dental consultations online to patients. This means you can discover what treatment options are available to you directly from your own home!

Who will take my free dental consultation online?

We have a dedicated and experienced team of dentists who can provide you with the best advice and dental care. Gavin, Lauren or Amy will conduct your free dental consultations online. They’ll be on hand to offer advice and answer any of your questions about your options and treatment.


How will the consultations work?

If you are interested in receiving a free dental consultation online with one of our dentists for implants, orthodontics or a general dental consultation, simply click here and complete some brief details including your name, your contact information, together with a brief medical history and how we may be able to help you. Once the information is completed you will be sent an invitation to your video consultation via email. 

What happens after the consultation?

Once you’ve had your free dental consultation with one of your team, you’ll then also receive a follow up email within 5 working days which will advise you on recommendations you’ve been given and any important information that we think you may need to know.

Please be aware that all advice and estimated costs provided following on from the online consultation will be subject to a clinical consultation at the practice once we fully reopen. Some treatments require further initial investigation such as scans or X-rays before we are able to give you a definitive price.

To book your free dental consultation online with us today, simply visit this link: and one of our dedicated dentists will be ready to provide you with the information and advice you need.

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A Little Bit About Nicola…

Nicola is the Practice Manager here at Dental Solutions and has been with the team for over 10 years. She’s also been a Nurse at the practice since 2001. Currently, she’s keeping extra busy manning the practice every day while we are closed, handling enquiries from emergency patients between 9-11.

As well as being a qualified Dental Nurse for over 20 years, her qualifications include an NVQ Level 3 in Dental Practice Management which means she has all the skills to ensure that the hygiene and dental care of the practice remain of high standards. She has been key in the dental practice obtaining the CQC approved status and the British Association Good Practice accreditation, which we’ve had for 7 years running.

When she’s not working, you can find her at the stadium of Warrington Wolves rugby league team where she’s a season ticket holder.

Ice breaker question: name three of your favourite things. No wrong answers here!

Going to Rugby league matches with the family, Curries and Red Wine

You have been working at Dental Solutions for many years now, but what first drew you to working here?

Location, Job type, Our patients and the team here.

What’s the best part of your day at Dental Solutions?

Talking to nevous and new pts. Coordinating their treatment and nursing during implant procedures.

What do most patients ask you about when they are having implants?

Does it hurt and how long is the procedure?

What do patients say to you once their implant treatment has finished?

They are always pleased about how quick and painless it was. Then they usually say that they wished they had done it a long time ago

What would you like to be famous for? Realistically, what would you actually be famous/infamous for?

I couldn’t think of anything worse than being famous!

If you could travel anywhere in the world/universe–that you’ve never been to before–where would it be?

Borneo to volunteer on an orangutan sanctuary

What was the last thing you read/watched/listened to?

Never coming back by Tim Weaver, The Joker

And finally, what do you do to wind down after work every day?

Take my big dog a walk and a nice glass of red wine

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