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How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth When I Sleep
De-Stress: "bruxism", the compulsory grinding of teeth day or night, is most often the result of built up anxiety and muscle tension in the body. Anxiety is what we experience when we have unresolved conflicts occupying our subconscious mind, manifesting with nervous tension. Try to learn to de-stress by identifying your unresolved conflicts and then writing down solutions to them before going to sleep. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nocturnal bruxing: You cannot stop grinding your teeth during sleep. You do not have control over this. It is important that you see a dentist about this for a couple of reasons. First this can cause pain, headaches and be very destructive to your teeth. Secondly grinding can related to sleep apnea, a very serious condition. If you snore, are overweight, are tired during the daytime, get evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See dentist: A mouthpiece may help you with grinding or may even cause you to grind more. The type of mouthpiece can often determine if it will improve your problems, but the mouthpiece alone may not be the answer. Do you wear the mouthpiece during the day and night. Grinding is what occurs at night, clenching occurs during the day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep bruxism: To date, there is no treatment that can completely and permanantly stop this sleep related movement disorder. Oral splints can reduce the effects of the activity but they will not stop it. There has been some research that has shown that oral devices used to treat snoring and sleep apnea have significantly reduced sleep bruxism (sleep tooth grinding) as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Really can't easily: It is usually a subconcious thing and stopping is not easy. Reduce stress and protect your teeth. Get an occlusal night guard. It will not stop you from grinding but it will save your teeth from the damage. I rec a hard one if you grind heavy. You will chew through a soft one quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get a Nightguard: Daytime teeth grinding is a habit which can be reduced, like any other. But it's not easy. You have to constantly remind yourself to keep your teeth slightly apart. Night-time grinding cannot be stopped. It's a permanent pattern in your brainstem. You need a good nightguard. Otc appliances rarely work & often cause more pain. Have your dentist recommend /make the proper nightguard for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal: Many children grind their teeth while asleep. So do many adults. The sound it makes is very annoying and alarming, but don't worry about your 4 year old. Teeth get worn down from grinding, but a 4 year old will get new adult teeth. Most kids stop grinding spontaneously. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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