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My teeth hurt when I first wake up. What can I do to stop clenching my teeth during sleep?

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In brief: Multiple options

These include: 1.
Muscle relaxers before bed 2. Botox injections 3. Behavior modification therapy 4. Splint therapy with an nti or deprograming appliance. These are the only known devices that reduce clenching by 70%. Other devices protect the teeth and or jaw joint. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Consider checking with a dentist with experience and training in tmd.

In brief: Multiple options

These include: 1.
Muscle relaxers before bed 2. Botox injections 3. Behavior modification therapy 4. Splint therapy with an nti or deprograming appliance. These are the only known devices that reduce clenching by 70%. Other devices protect the teeth and or jaw joint. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Consider checking with a dentist with experience and training in tmd.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
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In brief: Touthguard

There are otc tooth guard which works very well.

In brief: Touthguard

There are otc tooth guard which works very well.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: See a dentist/TMJ Dr

A mouthpiece won't necessarily stop the grinding at night (clenching occurs during the day.
) Really should try and address the source of the grinding, if possible. An OTC or online mouthpiece may actually promote more grinding and additional TMJ/TMD issues. A custom mouthpiece is more predictable, adjustable and comfortable.

In brief: See a dentist/TMJ Dr

A mouthpiece won't necessarily stop the grinding at night (clenching occurs during the day.
) Really should try and address the source of the grinding, if possible. An OTC or online mouthpiece may actually promote more grinding and additional TMJ/TMD issues. A custom mouthpiece is more predictable, adjustable and comfortable.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. John Sheets
Dentistry

In brief: Clenching teeth

During deep sleep, it is very common for us to clench and grind our teeth.
Our teeth are in a locked position while sleeping. The jaw instinctively wants to move but interferences prevent them from moving. We clench and grind to remove these interferences. The best way to help is to be fitted for a professional bite guard. It is a flat surface so the teeth have freedom and take the stress away.

In brief: Clenching teeth

During deep sleep, it is very common for us to clench and grind our teeth.
Our teeth are in a locked position while sleeping. The jaw instinctively wants to move but interferences prevent them from moving. We clench and grind to remove these interferences. The best way to help is to be fitted for a professional bite guard. It is a flat surface so the teeth have freedom and take the stress away.
Dr. John Sheets
Dr. John Sheets
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Dr. Mrugesh Dalal
along with above recommendations,try & relax & control your stress,& try & sleep well.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Night Guard

See your dentist so he can construct a night guard for you.

In brief: Night Guard

See your dentist so he can construct a night guard for you.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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