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Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) & Bruxism

The Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) a specially designed guard for the prevention of jaw clenching and / or teeth grinding.

Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) & Bruxism in 60 seconds

  • Compared to a full-arch, traditional guard, the SCi is a small, tailor-made appliance that is typically worn at night.
  • The SCi is a type of Occlusal Splint that is custom made and creates a barrier which leads to a reduction in clenching.
  • The barrier also inhibits muscle activity associated with Bruxism. This results in a significant reduction in tension, headaches, migraines & even jaw and neck pain.
  • Can improve the quality of sleep and reduces migraines associated with teeth-grinding.
  • Prevents bruxism from affecting the condition of your teeth.
  • Prevention of occlusal trauma, e.g. protection of restorations and implants in cases of severe bruxism.
  • 0% finance* options available.
*Terms and conditions apply. Written quotations are available on request from Wesleyan Bank Limited.
Credit facilities are subject to status and affordability checks and only available to UK residents over the age of 18.

Why our patients love SCi

The SCi reduces the high forces that can be generated in the facial muscles by eliminating posterior tooth contact, and may reduce the common side effects associated with Bruxism.

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FDA Approved for the treatment of Bruxism and migraines that have been medically diagnosed.

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Painless and simple fitting procedure meaning treatment can be arranged quickly.

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Tight "click-fit" to ensure the appliance does not become dislodged during sleep.

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Sturdy dual-laminate material meaning the outer material of the SCi is harder however it has a soft inner lining to ensure increased comfort whilst you sleep.

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Reduces tension headaches, migraines and muscle activity associated with Bruxism.

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Can result in overnight relief from many debilitating symptoms that have affected patients for years.

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Your Patient Journey

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First Appointment

If you are a new patient to Olive Tree Dental a new patient exam is carried out first to ensure you are dentally fit for the treatment. Decay, infections, or gum disease will need to be treated prior to any cosmetic treatments such as a Smile Makeover.

A comprehensive assessment is then undertaken. Digital scans are taken to obtain measurements of your teeth, which will be used to create your SCi (Sleep Clench Inhibitor) appliance. Your SCi is custom made, and will be a seamless fit for your mouth (they’re really easy to get used to, as they’re made with your mouth shape in mind). It differs from a traditional guard in the sense that compared to a full-arch, the SCi is a small appliance, which increases the comfort and ease of this being worn (typically at night).

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Second Appointment

We will ask you to attend a fitting appointment so you can try your new SCi for shape and size.


How does the Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) Work exactly?

The SCi is a custom-made type of guard that reduces the intensity of the pressure applied to your teeth and jawbone when you clench your teeth in your sleep.

It acts as a soft, mouth guard hybrid that protects your teeth. This not only reduces the contact between your teeth but protects any restorative work you may have on your posterior and canine teeth. This can also then protect from further tooth damage and alleviate any oral discomfort you may experience.

How long does it take the Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) to be fitted?

The SCi takes between 10-15 minutes to be fitted. Generally, once the Sleep appliance is fitted, the dentist will ask you to test how it feels once placed, to check its stability and you can test that by trying to move it with your tongue. If it can’t be shifted or moved easily then you’re good to go. If it can on the other hand be shifted easily, readjustment may be required.

Why Is Tooth Grinding a Cause For Concern?

Overtime, tooth grinding can cause wear and tear that opens your teeth up to problems like decay and erosion. More serious cases of tooth wear can even cause problems with your jaw joint, causing jaw, head, and ear pain as a result.

How long does the Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi) or Night guard last?

It depends on how often they are used, how well they are taken care of and if stored properly when not in use. The life-span can also depend on how much you brux (clench or grind) your teeth. Dentists may recommend anything between 1-3 years, however if you maintain regular appointments, you can always check with your dentist if its time for a replacement if you notice any changes in the fit or shape over time.

How long will it take to notice a substantial difference?

Some patients say they have instant overnight relief, other patients have provided feedback that it can take a week or so before noticing significant improvement.

It really depends on the symptoms and diagnosis which will be provided after the completion of the comprehensive assessment.

How long will it take to receive my custom-made SCi?

For standard processing time, our lab takes approximately 7-10 working days from receipt of the impressions taken.

However, our practice also offers an expediated service, please enquire within if you need it sooner.

Teeth Grinding at Night (Sleep bruxism) is it common and can you help?

Often patients who grind at night time (Sleep bruxism) aren’t aware they are doing this, however it’s very common and don’t worry we’re here to help. Grinding at night can be associated with many factors such as; anxiety, stress which can later cause migraines or tension headaches. However, they can be relieved using bruxism appliances (otherwise known as night guards) such as the SCi.

Teeth Grinding during the day, how can I stop?

When you are awake it’s at least easier to track and rectify this compared to when asleep. If you are conscious of your teeth grinding activity, you may find it useful to note down in a diary, or on your “notes” on your phone, how often you grind your teeth every day. You may find it helpful to track when you grind your teeth, (for example if certain stressful work meetings trigger this activity).

Once you become more aware of your teeth grinding habits, it will be easier to break these habits or doing facial exercise techniques to help you slowly reduce this habit. Consult your dentist who can advise you of certain techniques and if they feel you may need further assistance, they may advise you to consult your GP.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sometimes patients who have bruxism are also affected by snoring, this can hint to sleep apnea, which is a common sleeping disorder that effectively narrows the walls in your throat. This can lead to interrupted sleep patterns, causing you to snore, which can also affect the quality of your sleep. A more serious type of sleep apnoea is obstructive sleep apnoea.

This can cause gasping or choking noises when you sleep, louder snoring and can lead to tiredness and lethargy during the day. If you feel like may suffer from sleep aponea please advise us of this when booking, a member of our team will arrange a consultation if you are interested in pursuing treatment. Sleep apnoea is usually treated with a special type of mask that is worn when you’re sleeping (CPAP machine).

Can I Have Worn Teeth Repaired?

We have a number of solutions for building up worn teeth, such as composite bonding (a minimally-invasive treatment), as well as crowns, and veneers. Even if your teeth are severely worn, don’t worry, as we can always find a solution to restore them.

How much is SCi (Sleep Clench Inhibitors) treatment in Reading?

Please see our fee guide to view detailed costs of SCI and Sleep appliances treatment on offer at Olive Tree Dental.

As an initial indication, please see the prices below:

  • SCi (Sleep Clench Inhibitor) – £595
  • Grinding / Wear Cases – From £595
  • Masseter Toxin Injection – From £350
  • TMJ (appliance required) – From £550
  • Anti-snore Device – From £550

We believe everyone should have access to successful and effective dental treatments

That’s why we offer 0% finance* to help you spread the cost of treatment.

As we are a member-based practice, we reward patients who prioritise their oral health and hygiene, by offering 10% off treatments, when you become an Olive Tree Dental member, and selecting one of our many affordable plans.

Our prices are set with the following in mind:

  • The high quality of the products and technology used.
  • The extensive skill of our dental professionals and clinical team.
  • The trusted labs we work with to create outstanding dental restorations.
  • The high standard of care that is delivered throughout the patient journey.
  • The types of treatments that are made available.
  • We cannot comment on what other practices in Reading offer, each practice is different, but we value the trust our patients place in our hands. Rest assured at Olive Tree Dental we treat our patients with the utmost care and our aim is to have you smiling confidently.
*Terms and conditions apply. Written quotations are available on request from Wesleyan Bank Limited.
Credit facilities are subject to status and affordability checks and only available to UK residents over the age of 18

Please contact us to book a consultation with our experienced Dentists.

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