Bruxism, or grinding your teeth while you sleep, is an everyday issue that affects many men and women. Even though the most noticeable indicator is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism might also lead to inflammation, headaches, and tooth pain, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth from the effects of bruxism, board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard provide customized night guards at The Dental Office Encino that protect your teeth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made with top-quality materials that fit comfortably in your mouth and improve the quality of your sleep by diminishing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. For more information about custom night guards, set up a consult at our Encino, CA dental practice.
"First time patient here! The moment I walked through the front doors, I felt like I was in an alternate reality. Literally 5 different employees greeted me one right after the other. I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life. "What IS this place?" I thought to myself. I sat in the waiting area next to the fish tank and enjoyed watching the fish swim around while I waited. A few moments later, I was brought back into the back of the office and to the chair where my cleaning would take place. Rachel took amazing care of me! She noted that they had Netflix and Hulu if I wanted to watch anything during my cleaning and mentioned that the chair had a massage feature if I wanted to use it. Wait, was I at the dentist or the Ritz Carlton? Whaaa? The office was so clean and organized I was overall just so impressed. Each dental patient is in their own area, but the areas are not walled off. So it’s private enough, but you might hear someone else talking to the dentist about a hole in their mouth (true story). I cannot sing Rachel’s praises enough. She explained everything SO thoroughly and really took her time during my cleaning. I thought it was really cool that they include an oral cancer screening during the exam, I had never had that done before! After my cleaning, I was able to meet Dr. Howard and Yoni (also Dr. Howard), the father and son that run the business. They are SO nice and attentive. They were fantastic with breaking down everything on my xrays and explaining what was going on in terms I could understand. I even went home with a little goodie bag that included a cute branded chapstick. After the appointment, one of the receptionists walked me through my bill/estimates for future appointments in this fancy private conference room. I’m telling you, I almost felt like I was at a spa. I’m coming back for sure!"- M.M. / Yelp / Sep 29, 2021
"Hands down the best dentist I’ve ever been to, and they offer everything! Dr. Yoni went so far above and beyond that I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am. The whole office is world class - all of the staff is incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable and the office is completely state of the art and REALLY nice and comfortable. From TVs on the walls to 3D printers in the back and everything in between, you just know walking in the door that you’re going to be well taken care of. After not seeing a dentist for over a year due to the pandemic (and seeing a few lousy ones before that) I decided to come here to take care of a handful of things that I had been putting off - and as of today - after a few visits over the past few weeks - Dr. Yoni and the team finished all of their great work in my treatment plan and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much Dental Office Encino and see you in 6 months for my cleaning! HIGHLY recommended - seriously, you don’t need to look for another dentist ever."- J.C. / Yelp / Aug 26, 2021
"The dentists at The Dental Office Encino always listen to me and focus on my needs. They educate me on what work my teeth require and why, in detail. They respect my time, understand my resource circumstances, keep a very clean office, and value me as a patient. They use only updated, top-of-the-line equipment. The staff is the best team I’ve ever seen, plus they regularly follow-up with me. If you’re not using The Dental Office Encino as your dentists, then, why bother..........just sayin’....."- J.P. / Yelp / Jul 21, 2021
"My wife and I went in for our semi-annual checkup and cleaning. Always impressed with the highest-most level of care and kindness and professionalism of the entire staff. We have recommended many of our friends."- J.A. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2021
"I have literally been to 8 different Dentists in Los Angeles. There has always been something off that made me move on. I finally found Dr. Alan Howard and his son, Dr. Yonatan Howard at The Dental Office Encino and I am happy to say that I am done searching! Dr. Alan Howard is a legend in dentistry and was very helpful and patient with me when I originally met with him about a possible LANAP procedure. He put me at ease and informed me that I wasn’t yet a candidate for the procedure. Instead of trying to sell me on something I didn’t really need, he was honest and suggested an alternative approach. His son, Dr. Yonatan is my regular Dentist now. Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. He really knows his craft and the technology they use is truly cutting edge. I had several Onlays performed there by Dr. Yonatan and it is amazing how they fabricate the new tooth on site. I have had the Onlays for over a year and they feel stronger than a regular tooth with no sensitivity. I highly recommend an Onlay as it keeps more of the original tooth in tact opposed to a traditional crown. Most dentists don’t do Onlays because the equipment is highly specialized but The Dental office Encino does. My Hygienist Claudia is also highly recommended, very gentle and professional. The office is extremely clean and modern with a spa like environment. The staff is courteous and friendly. There is off street parking for the patients and they send you gentle reminders in advance so I never miss an appointment. I never thought I would say this but I actually look forward to going to the dentist now!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 10, 2021
A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You might wake up in the morning with tightness and pain in your jaw, a headache, or facial swelling. Other indicators are loose teeth and/or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are often caused by stress, but could also be brought on by misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). When Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard make your bruxism diagnosis, he will also try to find out the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After Dr. Howard makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will obtain oral impressions and digital x-rays to create your custom night guards. Next, he will send your specifications to a special dental lab where your specialized night guard will be created with the best materials. After your night guard is finished and sent back to our office, you will return to our office for a fitting. Dr. Howard might make small adjustments so that it fits properly and comfortably. Dr. Howard will also give specific instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it will last many years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you must wear it each night. Your night guard should diminish or alleviate the discomfort and dental complications created by bruxism, but if it doesn't, please inform our staff so Dr. Howard can address additional issues and try other options. In order to help keep your night guard in pristine condition, we recommend that you clean and care for your night guard prior to and after each use. We ask that you bring your night guard to all future dental appointments so Dr. Howard can adjust and repair the guard as necessary.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard could be paid by your dental insurance company. If you have dental insurance, someone on our team will call your insurance carrier to determine your coverage and costs. At your preliminary appointment, Dr. Howard will give you information about our accepted payment methods as well as your costs, with or without insurance. To help you afford your dental care, The Dental Office Encino can help you find information on medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a variety of ways. Night guards are a way to lessen the stress created by the symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Specialized night guards from The Dental Office Encino might also advance your overall oral health and ward off future complications. If you think night guards may be the solution you seek or you want to learn more, connect with our staff in Encino, CA to set up an appointment with board-certified dentists Drs. Alan Howard and Yonatan Howard.