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How Much Does a Night Guard Cost?

how much does a dental night guard cost

This article has been updated for accuracy on January 22, 2023.

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Dental Night Guard Cost

Store bought “ready to wear” dental night guards cost as little as $20.00. In dental offices, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 and up

Online, you can purchase a custom made night guard by taking your own dental impression for an average cost of $100-$200.

What gives?

Why does a dental night guard vary so much in cost?

Sometimes your dentist can justify the price of what dental night guards cost.

For example, your dentist could be making a complex guard for you to treat misalignment of the jaw or sleep apnea.

If your dentist is making you a traditional custom night guard with no bells and whistles, a better option financially, might be to buy a custom night guard online.

How does a night guard work?

A night guard is a removable appliance worn during sleep to protect teeth and the jaw from damages caused by clenching or grinding.

What happens if I don’t wear a night guard at all?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is not only painful, but can also be harmful to ones’ dental health. It can result in the fracturing of teeth and eventually tooth loss. In some chronic cases, it could even lead to jaw disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorder and change the appearance of the face. The worst part is that it usually happens when the person is asleep and unaware.

Why does a custom made night guard cost so much?

The good news is, custom made night guards were created to counter the effects of bruxism. They do work. Wearing a dental night guard offers excellent protection for the teeth and can alleviate teeth pain, jaw pain, headaches and will save you thousands of dollars in dental repair bills! It’s a preventative measure and well worth the cost!

But why the wide difference in night guard cost? And which is better? The ones made by dentists or the direct night guard labs online? To help you in your decision making, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each one.


Dentist Made Night Guard Price Range -$400 to $1000

Pros of going through your dentist:

1. The primary advantage of choosing to go to your local dentist for your night guard is convenience.

He or she will do all the work for you. During the initial visit, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and fill out the necessary paper work as your teeth impression is sent to a professional dental laboratory for fabrication.

A return visit is required to fit the fabricated night guard once it has been shipped to your dentist.

2. Fitting adjustments.

If your night guard needs some minor adjustments, it’s more convenient to visit your dentist and have them make them to any areas of concern.

3. Ability to make a more customized type.

Custom dental night guards can become more involved if a person is being treated for TMJ or alignment issues.

If a dentist recommends you wear a night guard with special metal clasps, or ramps, etc., because of TMJ, alignment or other issues; you will not want to go through an online night guard lab. You will need to rely on and trust the expertise of your dentist.

And the not-so-good side of going through a dentist…

1. Price.

The downside is that it could cost you anywhere from $300 up to $1200+.

Many times the dental night guard cost is not covered by your insurance.

2. No guarantee.

Many dentists do not offer any sort of money back guarantee. Check with your dentist to see if he/she will refund you if you’re not satisfied.

Most online night guard labs offer full refunds if you’re dissatisfied for any reason.

Custom Night Guards Purchased Online – $100 to $250

The Pros:

1. Exactly the same night guard as the one you buy from a dentist unless your dentist is fashioning a more complicated type to treat sleep apnea, TMJ, misalignment, etc.

Today, consumers have an option of buying custom made night guards online.

Dental guards purchased online have the same quality as the ones you get from a dentist. This is not only because it is custom made, but because the same dental labs where your dentist gets your night guards are the same guys and gals that fabricate the night guards you get directly online.

It’s the exact same thing!

2. Price.

The best part is that you could save around $300 to $800 by skipping your dentist’s high fees. Dental night guards online will cost you from $100-$200. Getting the same quality for a lower price is indeed a great benefit. Plus, Sentinel Mouthguards® offers free all-inclusive shipping on any product.

3. Money back guarantee

Finding the right night guard can sometimes feel a lot like the Goldilocks’ dilemma. Too thick. Too thin. Too soft. Too hard. Personal preference varies and what works great for one may not work for another. Again, a reputable night guard lab will work with you to find your perfect night guard match, even after you’ve received your product. This is what 100% satisfaction means!

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The downside of purchasing online

1. You are responsible for the outcome of your own dental impression. However, a reputable lab will supply extra impression material in case you mess up your first try.

Making your own teeth impression from the home kit provided is easy, but requires your focus. You must read the instructions and watch the tutorial video before attempting your dental impression.

2. Any adjustments to your night guard device that may be needed are easier to perform in a dental office when the patient is present and can work with the dentist to reach satisfaction of fit.

However, you can still get adjustments made through an online night guard lab. You should be aware the this will take more time because of the mailing correspondence involved. Also, most reputable online dental night guard makers will offer a money back guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction.

If you find yourself in the market for a dental night guard and you’re unsure of which route to take, there is comfort (not to mention savings) in knowing your options.

How much does a night guard cost from the dentist?

Dental office night guard cost

This answer depends on where you are located in the world.

In the United States, a dental night guard from your dentist will cost between $300-$1200.

The dental office price can vary greatly depending on which state you live in and the particular area within that state. For instance, in NYC you can expect the price for a dentist made night guard to average $700-$1000+. In rural Alabama, you can find dentists offering night guards for as little as $300

Usually, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth then sends it to a lab, where your own customized dental night guard is created.

These night guards are very effective at preventing teeth grinding at night as they are custom fitted for your teeth specifically.

They vary in thickness depending on the severity of teeth grinding.

In addition to preventing teeth grinding, custom night guards curb jaw strain and enhance better jaw muscle positioning, preventing long-term teeth grinding and clenching. They are comfortable to wear and can last for a very long time if well taken care of.

What kind of dental night guards should I buy?

First, what to avoid: The Sports Mouth Guard

Sports mouth guards are very common. This is because it is a mandatory requirement to wear one while playing most sports. Sports mouth guards are made of stiff plastic, making them uncomfortable to wear for long hours. Some can be boiled then molded to your teeth, but they tend to be bulky. They are a great option for protecting teeth from impact during sport activities.

sentinel mouthguards dark blue sports mouth guard

Do not wear a sports mouth guard as a dental night guard substitute

They are not as effective as dental night guards because their structure and material causes sleeping and breathing difficulties. In fact, they can worsen bruxism and may cause jaw problems because of their bulky nature and bad fit.

What to avoid: Over the Counter Dental Night Guard

You do have the option of purchasing a night guard from some convenience stores such as CVS or Walmart. These are made of cheap plastic and most come with some sort of fitting instructions such as boiling the plastic appliance in hot water and then molding to your teeth.

These types are affordable as their price falls in the range of $15 -$30 and are often labeled as “custom” dental night guards. However, there are looming problems with mass produced “one size fits all” night guards.

Some are made of thick plastic and one may find them rather uncomfortable to wear. Many people complain that the excess material towards the back and up the sides makes it difficult to wear. Others are thin but do not stay in place. Also the plastic material is cheaper. This is not dental grade material designed for enduring the act of teeth grinding and clenching. The cheaper material tends to wear down much quicker.

Professional Night Guard from Online Stores

These are custom dental night guards ordered from online stores. Sentinel Mouthguards® is a direct business to consumer laboratory that specializes in night guard and mouth guard fabrication.

How does it work?

We mail a dental impression kit to your home. Your kit will include everything you need to make a great dental impression.

We then use your mold to create your custom dental night guard.

Same high quality dental night guard you would get from your own dentist with maximum comfort and protection.

This is a less expensive, yet reliable alternative to purchasing from your dentist.

How much do Sentinel Mouthguards® night guards cost?

Price falls in the range of $129-$215 making this an affordable option.

Check out our frequently asked questions page for more information on how it works, the Sentinel guarantee (something a dentist rarely offers) and more!

How much do professional night guards cost from online stores?

With the many options out there, you may be split for choice.

The option of buying “one size fits all” type of mouth guards, may seem as a convenient temporary fix to prevent teeth grinding; however, this may not give you service for a long time.

You can comfortably enjoy the services of a professional dental lab at a fraction of the price by buying from an online store.

This is a convenient option because the mouth guard is custom made to suit your mouth, it saves you money, and it is hassle-free.

There are many online stores out there to choose from. Be sure to do your research and verify the safety of the materials and who is making your custom night guard.

In today’s world, many people underestimate the importance of dental care. They fail to understand that oral issues can lead to wide range of disorders affecting different regions of the body. As a result, it is quite essential that you understand what your oral health requirements are.

The cost of a high quality, custom dental night guard might seem too much for some, but in reality, it is a worthy investment.

In conclusion

Healthy strong teeth are vital, not just for proper dental health, but also for comfort and well-being.

If diagnosed with bruxism, don’t worry. Take the preventive measures recommended to ensure the problem does not evolve any further.

Most dentists often suggest expensive custom mouth guards, but by going to an online store, you can save a lot of money while enjoying the same level of comfort and protection.

Why spend $500+? You can save more than half the price by going for online options and having your mouth guards made at the same quality.

Whether you choose night guards made by your dentists or purchase custom made online night guards, we hope that you sleep better knowing that your teeth grinding won’t cause damage to your dental health and that you purchased the best mouth guard available today to suit your needs.


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Ashely Notarmaso

Ashely Notarmaso is the author behind the Sentinel Mouth Guard Blog. She is the CEO and founder of Sentinel Mouth Guards (Founded in 2012) Her long-time work in the dental mouth guard arena and her excellent ability to listen to customer concerns in this often contradictory field has laid the groundwork to explore night guard/mouth guard fabrication in-depth and address real concerns. With the help of her team, she has created a unique fabrication method that promises a great fitting custom oral appliance every time. Amazon’s choice for #1 mouth guard! Visit the online store

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