Why nightguards don’t work?

To minimize the wear of the surfaces of teeth, most general dentists recommend a night guard or a splint for bruxsim or teeth grinding to prevent damage to the teeth. However, a night guard does not alleviate the problem. Its' function is to protect your teeth from wear. In other words, when you wear the night guard, in most instances, you will continue to grind the guard instead of your own teeth. The night guard will not stop the damage to the jaw joints, the muscles, and the nerves. In most instances, the patients continue to have symptoms. In fact,  in some cases the TMJ condition deteriorates after wearing a nightgurad.

Over the course of the past 28 years,  Dr. Eddie Siman has treated patients that have presented with multiple night guards and splints that have been made by previous dentists.  Many of these patients reported that these appliances did not alleviate their painful TMJ symptoms.


The proper treatment for the TMJ should aim at eliminating the cause. To treat TMJ properly, repositioning appliances can be used to reposition the jaw in the proper, relaxed, and physiologic position by incorporating various modern technologies to relax the muscles that are associated with the jaw. With these advanced techniques, Dr. Eddie Siman has become an expert in finding the proper Jaw position and has helped countless patients alleviate their symptoms over the past 28 years.

It is not a machine or a device that can determine a patient's comfortable jaw position. It is the experience and knowledge of the Neuromuscular expert who has treated thousands of patients, like Dr. Eddie Siman.

Dr. Eddie Siman has a 3 step solution to relieve TMJ symptoms:

Step 1


This is the most crucial and important step in the equation. Knowing and understanding each individuals’ comfortable position is where Dr. Eddie Siman’s expertise differ from most. Dr. Eddie Siman takes a unique and innovative approach to accomplish this goal by using high tech modern technologies, to help determine the optimal position of the jaw for each individual.

Step 2


Just as important as finding the bite is stabilizing the bite. The correct physiologic bite is a zone of comfort that needs to be captured to the proper dimension.  It requires an experienced and well trained neuromuscular expert  to capture this position and then duplicate it precisely in constructing a repositioning appliance.

Step 3


Once the patient starts using the repositioning appliance, the muscles in question will be maintained in the predetermined relaxed position. As a result, the painful and related TMJ symptoms are relieved.