A member asked:

I grind my teeth at while i am sleeping. read about the condition and its called bruxism. what remedy or treatment is there?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Therapies: stress management; dental approaches-mouth guard/appliances;correcting misaligned teeth; behavior therapy (change the behavior by practicing proper mouth and jaw position by concentrating on resting your tongue upward with your teeth apart and your lips closed); medications (in general-not very effective for treatment of bruxism).

Answered Jan 15, 2014

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Dr. Ryan Finnegan answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Typically bruxism is treated with an appliance called a nightguard. While over the counter nightguards are available, a custom fitted nightguard is recommended. Bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity, fracturing of teeth, headaches and pain in the jaw joint.

Answered May 15, 2014

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Dr. Steven Bender answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Sleep bruxism is a sleep related movement disorder that we seem to be born with. It is not a habit as opposed to awake bruxism. Therefore, sleep bruxism can not be cured, it must be managed. Some medications have been shown to reduce this activity. Also, oral appliances can protect the teeth, decrease the muscle contraction force and in some cases, reduce the number of events.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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