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    Night Guards, Sleep Appliances, TMJ Splints

    What are Sleep Appliances?

    Sleep appliances are custom-made devices worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent snoring and treat obstructive sleep apnea.

    They work by gently repositioning your jaw or tongue to keep your airway unobstructed, ensuring you breathe smoothly throughout the night.

    Benefits of Sleep Appliances

    With a sleep appliance, you could see an improvement in the quality of your sleep, waking up refreshed and energetic. It can significantly reduce or eliminate snoring, keeping your household peaceful at night.

    Treating sleep apnea can lower the risk of related health complications like heart disease and hypertension.1

    Risks of not using Sleep Appliances

    Without a sleep appliance, the recurring episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep can lead to poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue, and more serious health issues like cardiovascular diseases over time.

    What are Night Guards?

    Night guards, also known as dental guards or bite splints, are protective devices worn over teeth during sleep. Our Dentists will recommend these sleep appliances to safeguard your oral health against conditions like bruxism or teeth grinding. A night guard acts like a cushion that absorbs the stress exerted on your teeth, preventing wear, tear, and potential damage.

    Benefits of Night Guards

    The benefits of night guards are plentiful. By creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, they reduce the risk of tooth wear and fractures. Night guards also aid in minimizing jaw discomfort and headaches that are frequently associated with bruxism. By securing your teeth in place, they can also help preserve any orthodontic work you've had done.

    Risks of not using Night Guards

    When you overlook the need for a night guard, you expose your teeth to excessive wear and the potential risk of chipping or cracking. This can lead to pain, sensitivity, and expensive restorative procedures.

    Not to mention, consistent grinding can result in chronic headaches and TMJ disorders.

    What is TMJ?

    TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It's the hinge connecting your jawbone to your skull. A TMJ disorder can lead to pain in your jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

    Benefits of TMJ Splints

    TMJ splints, similar to night guards, help alleviate pain and reduce tension in the jaw muscles. They promote proper jaw alignment, often correcting the root cause of the issue, and allow your jaw muscles to relax, reducing discomfort and promoting healing.

    Risks of not using TMJ Splints

    Ignoring a TMJ disorder can result in worsening symptoms, including debilitating pain, difficulty chewing, and in severe cases, lockjaw. It can also lead to other health issues like headaches, earaches, and hearing problems.

    Comparing Sleep Appliances, Night Guards and TMJ Splints

    All three devices serve unique purposes. Night guards protect against teeth grinding, sleep appliances help manage sleep apnea and snoring, while TMJ splints alleviate pain from TMJ disorders.

    How to Choose the Right Device

    The choice largely depends on your specific needs and your dentist’s recommendations. Here at Sage Dental, we'll conduct an in-depth examination, consider your symptoms, and determine the most suitable solution for your unique needs.

    Patients Also Ask Us

    Can I wear a night guard and a sleep appliance together?

    Yes, some designs integrate both features into one device. But it's essential to consult with our professionals at Sage Dental to find the best solution for your needs.

    Are TMJ splints and night guards the same?

    While they may look similar, their functions differ. Night guards primarily protect against grinding and clenching, while TMJ splints aim to reduce jaw pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorders.

    Do I need to wear these devices every night?

    Most often, yes. Regular use maximizes the benefits of these devices. However, your dentist will provide specific instructions based on your condition.

    What happens if I don't clean my sleep appliance or night guard?

    Neglecting to clean your device can lead to the build-up of bacteria, causing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Regular cleaning helps ensure optimal oral hygiene and the longevity of your appliance.

    Maintenance and Care

    Proper maintenance of your device prolongs its lifespan and ensures effectiveness. Regular cleaning, safe storage, and routine check-ups are integral to this care.

    Conclusion

    Whether it’s night guards, sleep appliances, or TMJ splints, each plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health and promoting a good night’s sleep. At Sage Dental, we are committed toproviding you with tailored, high-quality dental solutions to ensure optimal oral health and improve your overall quality of life.

    The road to restful sleep and a pain-free day could very well be paved with a custom-made device from Sage Dental. If you suffer from teeth grinding, sleep apnea, or TMJ disorders, we're here to help. Reach out to us today to explore your options with night guards, sleep appliances, or TMJ splints. Your wellness is our mission.

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    Meet Our Langley Dentists

    Dentist

    Dr. Shafiq Kara

    Dr. Shafiq Kara is well known for his work in maintaining and creating healthy functional smiles for patients of all ages. Dr. Kara graduated as the valedictorian from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Dentistry in 2004. Since then, he has spent countless hours travelling across the world to learn from the best cosmetic, restorative and specialist dentists, serving Langley and lower mainland families. He has been the team dentist of the Vancouver Giants since 2017 and founded the original Mothers day Smile Makeover. Outside of dentistry, he enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling with his family.

    Dentist

    Dr. Aarman Rahim

    Dr. Aarman Rahim was born and raised in the Tri – Cities. Dr. Rahim received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Sydney. Previously, he studied at Simon Fraser University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Certificate in Liberal Arts. Dr. Rahim is dedicated to educating and providing his patients with the latest evidence-based treatment, in an efficient and comfortable setting. He is highly proficient, and detail orientated which has led to comfortable and satisfied patient experiences. When not in the clinic, Dr. Rahim enjoys spending his time outdoors hiking the beautiful terrain British Columbia has to offer as well as making music.

    Dentist

    Dr. Miriam Berlin

    Dr. Miriam Berlin received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University. She graduated with a concentration in aesthetic dentistry and was inducted into Omnicron Kappa Upsilon, an exclusive national dental honor society for being in the top 7% of her graduating class. Previously, she studied at University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Berlin is passionate about providing exceptional patient care that is not only functional but aesthetic as well. She is personable, empathetic, detail oriented and gentle and has built long lasting relationships with many of her patients. She is devoted to improving herself by taking continuing education courses in all aspects of the field. She is an active member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spear Education, Canadian Dental Association, American Dental Association, and British Columbia Dental Association. She speaks English, Russian, and Hebrew. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as biking, skiing, and exploring beautiful British Columbia.

    Dentist

    Dr. Rabia Gill

    Dr. Rabia Gill earned her DMD at University of British Columbia after first completing her BDS at Manipal University in India. She is a registered dentist with the Canadian Dental Association and BC Dental Association. She is excited to join the team at Sage Dental and North Langley Dental. Apart from multiple CE courses taken over the years, she is currently pursuing graduation from world renowned Kois Centre in Seattle to further her skills. She is also a certified provider of Invisalign and Botox. She aspires to make all dentistry from simple fillings and cleanings to endodontics and orthodontics to be more predictable and comfortable for her patients. In the life left over, she loves traveling with her husband and her 10 year old son. She loves movies, shows and all the latest pop culture. She tinkers around with digital animation and buys way too many art books. She is the slowest runner in her run club but she hopes to run a half marathon one day!

    No Longer Practicing

    Dr. Maria Tugbang

    Dr. Maria Tugbang was one of the leading cosmetic dentists in Langley. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the university of British Columbia. Dr. Tugbang practiced in White Rock, BC prior to purchasing Sage Dental in 2001. In 2008 Dr. Tugbang brought Dr. Shafiq Kara into the practice. They continued their partnership until March of 2021 when Dr. Tugbang retired from dentistry.
    Dr. Shafiq Kara

    Dr. Shafiq Kara

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    Dr. Aarman Rahim

    Dr. Aarman Rahim

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    Dr. Miriam Berlin

    Dr. Miriam Berlin

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    Dr. Rabia Gill

    Dr. Rabia Gill

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    Dr. Maria Tugbang

    Dr. Maria Tugbang

    No Longer Practicing
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    Patient Reviews

    Michael KowalskiMichael Kowalski
    01:25 16 Feb 24
    Visited Dr Rahim for a second opinion on my highly rated provider. They took my fears (anxiety) and concerns (spiralling) very seriously. They took their time and did not rush and were gentle which as someone with previous childhood trauma means the world who as a grown man would cry and shake at the dentist. After this experience I decided to fully change to their clinic. During a cleaning it was the same experience. I'm quite pleased with their facilities as well; they have headphones to help with the noise and their office is tidy and has state of the art technology to show you the issue in depth. Dr. Rahim always goes into detail about what causes the issue, how it can be treated through different methods and whether it's a concern or not. I appreciate his explanations.
    Lynn RoweLynn Rowe
    16:25 08 Feb 24
    Had my first visit yesterday, and right afterwards called a friend to say "I'M IN LOVE with my new dental centre!" Everyone was very kind and welcoming, very thorough and honest and open, and also reassuring that yes, I do have options to get that nice smile I've been after for so many years! I FELT HEARD! :) :) :)
    Janet LewisJanet Lewis
    01:17 02 Feb 24
    Excellent service. Thorough exams and X-rays, scaling and polish with dentist, dental technician and hygienist. Payment easy and thoughtfully explained by administration. Thank you All.
    Bernadeth Yu-AlvarezBernadeth Yu-Alvarez
    03:02 27 Jan 24
    I went there today for my annual check up and as always, staff were friendly and made me feel at home. Dr Kara is always jolly, kind, and accommodating. He explains things well and answers any questions I may have. I'm extremely satisfied with my implant, the service, and care that I've received from Dr. Kara and the staff team. I highly recommend their service!
    Stephanie LaversinStephanie Laversin
    01:09 12 Jan 24
    Achieving my goals of saving my teeth from my severe clenching and grinding. This is the result of the exceptional knowledge, skills, patience and perseverance of Dr Kara. So blessed to have such a high caliber and talented dentist !!
    Darlene AngersDarlene Angers
    16:49 16 Dec 23
    I was so happy to find Dr Kara after having his expert services 13 years ago. I am confident knowing I'm in the best care with Dr Kara & his support staff who are very considerate & knowledgeable of explaining procedures & expectations. Thank you for your expert care & I'm looking forward to completion of my new smile!
    Kathleen McMillanKathleen McMillan
    01:04 13 Dec 23
    The drs, hygienists and assistants at Sage dental are so kind and considerate. The work is always excellent as well.
    allison youngallison young
    06:24 30 Nov 23
    Staff and office is lovely! I am a new patient here and have only been in twice but I have left happy each time. I appreciate how thorough and honest they are about what is best for my teeth! I’d recommend them to anyone
    carolyn gibbscarolyn gibbs
    00:10 11 Oct 23
    This is an amazing dentist and dental hygienist. I have been going there for many years. Professional, clean and very modern practice. I would highly recommend my dentist and dental hygienist to anyone.
    colleen mcquadecolleen mcquade
    03:55 23 Sep 23
    I have been a patient of Sage Dental for about 5 years now, and have had a lot of dental work done by them,including implants.I had gone to Sage Dental with a badly fitting bridge,that was very uncomfortable to say the least. Dr Kara was able to give me implants and I can’t thank him enough. His staff are true professionals and amazing. I appreciate everything about this dentist,and especially the painless,sedation therapy I had for my extractions. I am convinced that Dr Kara is the best of the best at his job,and his staff are very professional and friendly too.I strongly recommend Sage for all dental work.
    julie mcclenahanjulie mcclenahan
    00:23 22 Aug 23
    I have very high anxiety and panic. They always make my visit calm and relaxing. Bonus, just got my crown done in one visit, no temp crown needed! Sage Dental Rocks!!
    brad wilsonbrad wilson
    01:27 25 Jul 23
    First time here at Sage Dental. The office is very modern and has the latest technology in Dental Equipment. All the staff were very friendly and informative which made me feel welcome. I have a difficult case needing many tooth extractions and was very stressed and worried when I arrived. When I left their office I was relaxed and relieved about my situation. Dr. Shafia Kara was extremely informative. He took the time to explain every issue in detail and answered all my questions. I am so glad I came to Sage Dental. I would highly recommend them for your dental needs.
    Tyler TrowbridgeTyler Trowbridge
    01:25 30 May 23
    After getting options from multiple different dentists, I ultimately went with Dr. Kara at Sage Dental and I couldn’t be happier! My Invisalign treatment went as planned and with no surprises. I enjoy going to Sage Dental and find that the dental assistant Taeya was comforting and very supportive along my 2 year Invisalign journey. I was recommended to Sage Dental by a friend and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to my friends and family! 5 stars!
    Cassandra DienoCassandra Dieno
    02:22 28 Apr 23
    With previous bad experiences at other Dentists and high anxiety going to Dental Offices. My first visit to Sage was absolutely amazing. I felt relaxed, well cared for and every step and process was well explained to me. From the front of house staff, the hygienists and the Doctors. Everyone I dealt with was so kind and understanding of my fears.I will be back again
    RTC Container SalesRTC Container Sales
    20:47 20 Apr 23
    Always available, love the way the office communicates with text messages. Flexible is the most important to me and they always try to fit my son in for adjustments on his braces when its urgent.Stuff and front desk super nice. They try their best always.Thank youAneta
    Rich WangRich Wang
    02:00 03 Apr 23
    I've been with Sage for over 10 years now and highly recommend them for any of your dental needs. They've taken great care of me from fillings, cleanings, adult Invisalign and toothy emergencies. I trust them for the best advice and care. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Shane WindjackShane Windjack
    07:07 22 Feb 23
    I have been a patient of Dr. Kara at Sage Dental for over 10 years, and I cannot say enough good things about this dental practice. Dr. Kara and his team provide exceptional care and have always gone above and beyond to ensure that my family and I receive the best possible dental treatment.From routine cleanings to more complex procedures, Dr. Kara and his team have always made my family and I feel comfortable and at ease. They take the time to explain every step of the process and answer any questions we have. The office is always clean and inviting, and the front desk staff are friendly and professional.I highly recommend Sage Dental to anyone looking for a dental practice so passionate about providing such exceptional, family-oriented care.Thank you Dr. Kara and Sage Dental!
    Nadine HNadine H
    05:37 18 Feb 23
    Dr. Rahim at Sage is one of the best dentists I have seen. He is very professional, calming and explains everything clearly. The staff is really kind, knowledgeable and helpful.
    Simran BrarSimran Brar
    02:21 03 Dec 22
    I would highly recommend Dr. Berlin for her expertise. Previous to becoming a patient at Sage dental I went to the same dentist for many years. Dr. Berlin and her hygienist are absolutely phenomenal and provide the best possible care. I will definitely be recommending Sage dental to my family and friends.
    Malik TalibMalik Talib
    00:21 05 Oct 22
    The team at Sage lead by Dr Kara are the best and most gentle I’ve ever experienced. And they are always smiling - you even feel their smiles through their masks. Five star service by a five star team!!
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