Do you notice your partner grinding and clenching their teeth while they sleep? Or maybe you feel the tension in your jaw when you wake up most mornings? Teeth grinding – also referred to as sleep bruxism – is a common nocturnal behaviour that is often related to stress. Most people aren’t aware of this behaviour until it begins to produce noticeable symptoms like a sore jaw, headaches or even chipped teeth. Even if it doesn’t produce any obvious symptoms, it can end up wearing down your teeth over time. It can also affect the temporomandibular joint, or for short, TMJ. Treatment is available from our TMJ specialists at Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic.
What Causes Sleep Bruxism?
Many studies have now shown that sleep bruxism is triggered by stress. Regular everyday stress and anxiety can lead to numerous problems if not managed properly. And with the amount of stress placed on many individuals in the current socioeconomic environment today, jaw clenching or teeth grinding has become increasingly common. Even the degree of stress has shown to predict the severity and intensity of bruxism, which can also occur throughout the daytime.
What Are The Symptoms?
Since this most commonly happens during sleep, many people aren’t even aware that they’re doing it until their partner tells them, or if they start noticing symptoms such as morning headaches, facial pain, a sore jaw, trouble sleeping, or tooth degradation.If you are suffering from sleep bruxism, the first step to help combat it is to work on reducing and managing your daily stress. Whether it’s trouble at work, trouble with your relationship, or something else that’s triggering anxiety, chronic unmanaged stress fuels problems like teeth grinding, which can lead to insomnia and a variety of other problems in relation to your health. Exercising, meditating, and taking time to relax and recharge are absolutely essential for reducing this ailment and improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Next up, schedule an appointment to have your teeth inspected by a dentist. Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic is here for your needs. Since many people are unaware of this nocturnal habit, it may have been occurring for a significant amount of time before you took notice. This can leave your teeth fragile and damaged. It can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Dentist appointments taken regularly can help avoid these conditions from worsening.
In some cases your dentist may suggest a snoring guard, or snoring appliance, which is a mouthpiece worn at night that can help to prevent snoring, bruxism, and can even serve as a sleep apnea treatment.
What To Do?
At Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic, our team of TMJ specialists can help resolve your sleep-related disorders. With our experienced and knowledgeable team, we provide the best care for your specific problems. Our practice uses proven, holistic, and non-surgical therapies to help alleviate your discomfort and issues that are impacting your sleep.
Get in touch today and schedule an appointment so you can get back to enjoying a good night’s rest.