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What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding is caused by involuntary contraction of the jaw (masseter) muscle during sleep. This in turn is usually caused by stress or chronic habits (like chewing on pencils). Since the individual is asleep, s/he is unable to control it. The best management is to have your dentist make a mouth guard to protect the teeth and reduce the friction. Ibuprofen will help for pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the cause of teeth grinding during sleep? How can it be stopped?

What is the cause of teeth grinding during sleep? How can it be stopped?

Stress. Custom guard: The most commonly accepted theory of why people grind their teeth is stress. Other contributing factors could be malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or missing teeth. Your best option to stop grinding, or at least prevent damage to your teeth and TMJ is to have your dentist make a custom fitted "night guard" which is comfortable to wear when you sleep. It can also be worn during the day ...Read more

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Hi and thanks in advance. Is excessive sleep, sleep attacks, grinding teeth, and itchy face and scalp caused by my ocd, depression and anxiety?

Hi and thanks in advance. Is excessive sleep, sleep attacks, grinding teeth, and itchy face and scalp caused by my ocd, depression and anxiety?

Most likely: All the symptoms you are referring to are anxiety related, certainly the teeth grinding , unspecified dermatitis.. the sleep excess or sleep attacks would require further evaluation though questioning and history taking for them to be properly diagnosed. I recommend you to do a formal psychiatric consult. ...Read more

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Hi .Was trying to sleep , grinding teeth off/on then felt burning sensation & tingling near temple area. Then in bed, woke up .palpations , & tingling , burning ache everywhere ? Could TMJ cause this?

Hi .Was trying to sleep , grinding teeth off/on then felt burning sensation & tingling near temple area. Then in bed, woke up .palpations , & tingling , burning ache everywhere ? Could TMJ cause this?

TMJ not the cause: TMJ would not be a cause of palpitations and aching all over. Why not clear the TMJ? Draw a vertical line on your mirror. practice relaxing your jaw so that it opens midline. see www.grossaninstitute.com for more details. ...Read more

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What is the cause of grinding teeth while asleep?

What is the cause of grinding teeth while asleep?

Many things: Grinding or bruxism as it is called is caused by many things including overbite, sleep problems, and uneven wear of teeth or new fillings. ...Read more

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What causes grinding teeth and twitching while asleep?

What causes grinding teeth and twitching while asleep?

Stress: Possibly it's related to stress in your life. You manage it while awake, but when you sleep, your subconscious takes over and away your jaws / muscles go- grinding.. Another theory is that you might have constricted breathing airways and it's a way your body compensates to try to get more air. ...Read more

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How to stop teeth grinding while sleeping?

How to stop teeth grinding while sleeping?

Grinding: You need to see your dentist who can make you an occlusal guard(night guard) to wear during sleep. ...Read more

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How do you stop teeth grinding during sleep?

How do you stop teeth grinding during sleep?

You Can't: The habit of teeth grinding is permanently ingrained in your brainstem. It's part of who you are. In periods of low stress, the habit is less pronounced, but it doesn't go away. There are several oral appliances which can minimize the damage that this habit can cause. In extreme cases, medications can help, but they have lots of side-effects. See your dentist and get a nightguard to start. ...Read more

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How can sleep specialists help with my teeth grinding?

Depends on the cause: A sleep specialist would likely order an overnight sleep study to evaluate if you are grinding/clenching your teeth at night. This could be related to sleep apnea which is also diagnosed during the overnight study. Treatment options can include a dental device to prevent tooth damage or in some cases antidepressants can be prescribed that help with symptoms. Speak to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I stop grinding teeth in sleep?

How can I stop grinding teeth in sleep?

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 more

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