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How can sleep specialists help with my teeth grinding?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. John Van der Werff
However one of the side affects of antidepressants is teeth grinding...
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends upon cause
If apnea: grinding can be helped by an oral appliance (not a cpap).
If apnea severe, may need combination therapy (dental apnea splint; cpap). If unknown cause for grinding, a night guard will protect teeth, but at age 54, best to get checked for reflux (gerd). Caution: most physicians in our area will ask about 'indigestion' instead of looking at teeth for visible signs, and not treat if absent.

In brief: Depends upon cause
If apnea: grinding can be helped by an oral appliance (not a cpap).
If apnea severe, may need combination therapy (dental apnea splint; cpap). If unknown cause for grinding, a night guard will protect teeth, but at age 54, best to get checked for reflux (gerd). Caution: most physicians in our area will ask about 'indigestion' instead of looking at teeth for visible signs, and not treat if absent.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Teeth Grinding
Some teeth grinding is a neurologic issue.
Poor airflow while sleeping can increase grinding for some people.

In brief: Teeth Grinding
Some teeth grinding is a neurologic issue.
Poor airflow while sleeping can increase grinding for some people.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
There are many reasons for teeth grinding, one of which is sleep apnea.
Obviously someone has mentioned that a sleep specialist can help you for his reason! patients with sleep apnea will move their lower jaw forward to attempt to open their airway. A sleep specialist can determine the factors causing your particular situation!

In brief: Depends
There are many reasons for teeth grinding, one of which is sleep apnea.
Obviously someone has mentioned that a sleep specialist can help you for his reason! patients with sleep apnea will move their lower jaw forward to attempt to open their airway. A sleep specialist can determine the factors causing your particular situation!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may be successfully treated with oral appliances (specific mouth guards) instead of wearing a CPAP mask.
These guards, because of their design prevent the teeth from contacting and therefore will reduce tooth damage from night time teeth grinding.

In brief: Possibly
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may be successfully treated with oral appliances (specific mouth guards) instead of wearing a CPAP mask.
These guards, because of their design prevent the teeth from contacting and therefore will reduce tooth damage from night time teeth grinding.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Dental Sleep expert
Possibly. See a dentist who specializes in sleep problems for best advice.

In brief: Dental Sleep expert
Possibly. See a dentist who specializes in sleep problems for best advice.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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