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how to stop 33 yr old man from grinding his teeth while he sleeps?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Depends: Depends on why he is grinding his teeth. A lot of grinding is stress related-stress management. Bite related-have dentist check. Sleep apnea-see dentist trained in dental sleep medicine.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Difficult: It can be very difficult to stop the grinding with out a specific appliance, but you can stop the damaging affects with treatment and potentially appliances to be used at night. See your local dentist and get some treatment options.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
It is possible: Grinding may be a sign of a bite discrepancy. It may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, or osa. To stop grinding, the dentist can use a bite appliance to find a relaxed bite position where the grinding stops. Then, consider a second phase of treatment, like orthodontics or reconstruction, to make the new position permanent. As people grind to open the airway, you should rule out osa.

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