Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) and/or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism).
Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing.
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.
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Yes, Bruxism is Very Serious and it Can be Treated at Cirocco Dental Center
At Cirocco Dental Center, we can screen you for bruxism and if there is any indication of Sleep Disorded Breathing (SDB). We are proud to announce the NOX3 Monitor is available in our office, which is a home sleep test and provides a baseline for Dr Cirocco on the grinding patterns happening in your teeth in addition to signs of SBD.
Three Easy Steps
- During your visit at the Cirocco Dental Center, if we suspect that you might be showing signs of teeth grinding at night, we will introduce you to the NOX-T3 Monitor, a device which will accurately test for SDB.
- We will review the results produced from the NOX-T3 grinding test with you, which will accurately determine if you do indeed have SBD.
- If so, we will then refer you to a sleep physician or your primary care physician to receive proper and appropriate treatment to restoring your health!
Symptoms of Bruxism
Symptoms might include any of the following:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
- Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
- Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
- Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won’t open or close completely
- Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
- Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s actually not a problem with your ear
- Dull headache starting in the temples
- Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
- Sleep disruption