Dental Mouth Guards

Protect Your Teeth With Dental Mouth Guards in Plano, TX

At 1st In Smiles, one of our top goals is to make sure you have a happy, healthy smile that will last you a lifetime. The most common way we reach our goal is through providing regular dental exams and cleanings and teaching you proper at-home oral hygiene. Some patients, however, may need additional care to keep their smiles safe and protected. This is when our dental mouth guards enter the picture.

These dental appliances serve as protective therapy for TMJ disorder (TMD) treatment, sleep apnea, snoring, and athletic protection. We have them custom made just for your mouth for the most comfortable, safe, durable, and effective outcomes possible, all under the supervision of professionals here in our Plano, TX office. This makes them much more beneficial than commercial mouthpieces, which can potentially do more harm than good.

Not all dental offices offer this safe, non-invasive form of specialized therapy. 1st In Smiles is dedicated to providing you with treatment options that solve your problems, and that’s why Dr. Barfield has partnered with some of the best dental specialists in Plano, TX to offer you and your family this unique level of dental care.

TMJ Treatment

One of the most effective and conservative treatments for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is a nightguard. This strong acrylic dental mouth guards are worn at night to help prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth during your sleep, but it can also be worn during the day if you clench or grind when you are stressed. Learn more about this jaw joint disorder, which may be the surprising culprit behind your headaches and migraines, on our TMJ Treatment page.

TMJ disorder (TMD) has a host of symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose properly, which is why Dr. Barfield works closely with a TMJ specialist to rule out other causes in order to diagnose and treat your TMJ pain.

Sleep Apnea

Do you awake several times from your sleep gasping for air? Do you snore loudly, to the point that you wake your bed partner? If so, you may have obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous disorder that affects nearly 20 million Americans and is linked to heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.

1st In Smiles is able to help you combat this disorder and lower your risk of complications. We have a sleep apnea specialist with advanced training in sleep disorders come into our office to examine, diagnose, and treat you for sleep apnea. One of the safest and simplest sleep apnea therapies is a sleep apnea mouthguard. If you are interested in this as a potential treatment for your sleep apnea, or are showing the symptoms of sleep apnea but haven’t been diagnosed, contact our office right away to make sure you are getting the treatment you need.


Many people snore while sleeping but don’t have sleep apnea. Even so, snoring can be distracting to your spouse or partner, and might even wake you up at night! This can cause drowsiness and fatigue the following day.

1st In Smiles has a snoring specialist that works with our team to provide you with snoring solutions, including mouthguards. Our snoring devices are made to precisely fit your mouth – they aren’t a one-size-fits-all mouthguard you might find in the drugstore that can’t provide effective relief for your snoring.

If snoring is keeping you or your partner awake, ask us if a snoring mouthguard can give you restful, quiet sleep again.


If you or your child plays sports, you’ve probably sustained some type of injury before, whether major or minor. An injury to your mouth during sports can result in a dental emergency, with serious damage to or loss of your teeth, or even increase your risk of concussion and traumatic brain injury. Our made-to-fit athletic mouthguards can protect your mouth and teeth during sports. Dr. Barfield fits you for your custom mouthguard right here in our office and can keep your dental mouth guards clean and properly fitting as needed.

Don’t trust store-bought mouthguards from sports stores to protect you – studies including those by the Academy of General Dentistry show that you’re at least twice as likely to have a severe injury if you use an OTC (over-the-counter) sports guard. Let Dr. Barfield help keep you injury-free with our professional, high-quality custom mouthguards.

Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.

Whatever your reason for custom dental mouth guards, 1st In Smiles has the experienced professionals needed to help keep your mouth safe and provide you lasting relief from pain. If you think a mouthguard might help you, contact our Plano, TX office for an appointment at 972-905-9266 or via our online appointment form.

Bob Beaudine

He personally, actually sets a plan for you. He talks about your aspects, shows you your teeth, talks to you about your teeth, kind of explains the situation as you go. Brandy is always doing work to ...

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