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Are there any medications that help with teeth grinding, I hate using the guard?
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
Teeth grinding or clenching, called bruxism can cause painful aches in the upper jaw, wear and tear on the teeth and sometimes poor sleep.
The guard is the first line for bruxism. Medications are only helpful in some cases and are prescribed a by a physician. Sometimes, bruxism may be associated with increased levels of stress and addressing that may be helpful.

In brief: Not really
Teeth grinding or clenching, called bruxism can cause painful aches in the upper jaw, wear and tear on the teeth and sometimes poor sleep.
The guard is the first line for bruxism. Medications are only helpful in some cases and are prescribed a by a physician. Sometimes, bruxism may be associated with increased levels of stress and addressing that may be helpful.
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Dr. Brandon Martin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not directly . . .
Many things can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth (technically referred to as bruxism).
Nocturnal bruxing happens at night, and can be related to stress, anxiety, or the bodies natural response to teeth that do not fit together correctly. If your bruxism is stress related, there are medications that can treat the anxiety, which could lessen the grinding.

In brief: Not directly . . .
Many things can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth (technically referred to as bruxism).
Nocturnal bruxing happens at night, and can be related to stress, anxiety, or the bodies natural response to teeth that do not fit together correctly. If your bruxism is stress related, there are medications that can treat the anxiety, which could lessen the grinding.
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Dr. Theodore Grellner
Don't forget that physical exercise can be a great stress reliever and that night guards can also help to prevent fracturing of the teeth. Sleep apnea may also be a cause for nocturnal brutish.
Dr. Theodore Grellner
Typo....auto-correct changed "bruxism" to "brutish"! Nocturnal bruxism can be very damaging to the jaw joint as well so keep using that night guard until effective stress relief begins to reduce the bruxism.
Dr. Raj Upadya
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Some are helpful...
Guard is a great first line, but there are other options.
.. Getting a full analysis to determine why you are grinding, and if you might benefit from a bite equilibration is good start... Obstructive sleep disorders can make it difficult to tolerate a guard... A muscle relaxant (flexeril) could reduce the force of your clench, and Elavil (amitriptyline) has been proven to inhibit clenching and grinding for some...

In brief: Some are helpful...
Guard is a great first line, but there are other options.
.. Getting a full analysis to determine why you are grinding, and if you might benefit from a bite equilibration is good start... Obstructive sleep disorders can make it difficult to tolerate a guard... A muscle relaxant (flexeril) could reduce the force of your clench, and Elavil (amitriptyline) has been proven to inhibit clenching and grinding for some...
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnose
First lets determine why! is there a malocclusion, is it habitual, what stressors are involved?Then we can address how to treat.

In brief: Diagnose
First lets determine why! is there a malocclusion, is it habitual, what stressors are involved?Then we can address how to treat.
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Sleep medication may actually worsen your grinding.
Sometimes with adjustments the guard can become more comfortable. You may consider seeing a dentist who has pankey mastey training and invisalign. Training.

In brief: No
Sleep medication may actually worsen your grinding.
Sometimes with adjustments the guard can become more comfortable. You may consider seeing a dentist who has pankey mastey training and invisalign. Training.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: A few
In some cases, your doctor may suggest taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime, for a short period of time.
Elavil (amitriptyline) has been proven to inhibit clenching and grinding for some. Botox injections may help some people with severe bruxism who don't respond to other treatments

In brief: A few
In some cases, your doctor may suggest taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime, for a short period of time.
Elavil (amitriptyline) has been proven to inhibit clenching and grinding for some. Botox injections may help some people with severe bruxism who don't respond to other treatments
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No pill
Nothing you can take that will stop bruxism (teeth grinding).
Have general dentist refer you to orthodontist to check your occlusion. Bruxism seen in many patients that have malocclusions. Talk to your dentist about a different type of mouth guard.

In brief: No pill
Nothing you can take that will stop bruxism (teeth grinding).
Have general dentist refer you to orthodontist to check your occlusion. Bruxism seen in many patients that have malocclusions. Talk to your dentist about a different type of mouth guard.
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bruxism
Unfortunately, bruxism or grinding your teeth appears to be something that is exceptionally common for humans.
The night guard helps to provide a "skating rink" to protect your teeth from the damage of bruxism at night. We'd rather you grind up the plastic than your teeth.

In brief: Bruxism
Unfortunately, bruxism or grinding your teeth appears to be something that is exceptionally common for humans.
The night guard helps to provide a "skating rink" to protect your teeth from the damage of bruxism at night. We'd rather you grind up the plastic than your teeth.
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Dr. Wayne ORoark
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A well designed lower bite guard is easy to get used to and does not affect your entire system as any drug will.

In brief: No
A well designed lower bite guard is easy to get used to and does not affect your entire system as any drug will.
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