My Dentist Visit

Night Guard
My newly acquired, custom-fitted night guard

My teeth, while clean and mostly well-formed, suffer from visible wear and tear due to Bruxism—grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw, which is at its worst during sleep. Couple that with a cross-bite and I have what a dentist in the States once referred to as a “beautifully malformed mouth”. It looks good, but there’s a lot wrong with it.

Headaches and stress have gotten the better of me lately, and while a lot of that is self-imposed, my Bruxism hasn’t helped lessen the aches and pains I wake up with on a daily basis. Enter my newly acquired, custom-fitted night guard.

Its purpose is to act as a teeth shield and pseudo-retainer. It’s a bit snug, but it does just that. The only side effects I’ve felt have been very slight teeth soreness after waking up, the inability to wear my night guard and speak comfortably, and an odd oral fixation with sucking on the night guard like a pacifier. This likely explains the soreness.

More important, though, is the comfort I’ve gained from visiting Westcoast International Dental Clinic and realizing that for as long as I live in Hanoi—which at this juncture points to years, minimum—I’ll have an excellent source of dental care in Vietnam.

The night guard, dentist consultations, a single cavity filling, and teeth cleaning combined set me back a very acceptable $300 USD, give or take a buck or two. I hadn’t been to the dentist for a solid ten years; given this week’s pleasant experience, I’m quite certain I’ll have more dental work performed within the next several months.