Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? If so, the condition is known as sleep bruxism. If you have this problem, you need to call our office right away to address the condition, as this dental problem can lead to further dental issues. Sleep bruxism not only causes dental pain, it also can erode the tooth enamel.
What is Sleep Bruxism?
Sleep bruxism is a condition that is linked with other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or snoring. Sleep apnea is a medical condition where a patient stops breathing temporarily while they are asleep. This condition is treated using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. The mask fits over the mouth and nose to keep the airway ventilated during sleep. If your sleep bruxism is related to stress, you can gain some relief by learning stress management and behavior modification methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT.
How Is Sleep Bruxism Treated Dentally?
When sleep bruxism. nighttime clenching or tooth grinding is diagnosed, we often recommend that patients wear a night guard – a lightweight and comfortable appliance that keeps a patient from grinding or clenching their teeth. This appliance will prevent further tooth erosion and will reduce the pain that is associated with teeth grinding and clenching. You can supplement this dental treatment by learning how to de-stress so you won't grind your teeth. One way to lessen stress or anxiety is to meditate. Spend some time to relax during the day and regroup. Any form of relaxation will help you think more clearly and therefore allow you to cope better with daily tasks and responsibilities.
If you believe you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night, call our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Regardless of your dental need, we are the go-to source for improving your dental health and smile.