Bruxism (Teeth clenching and grinding)

Typically during chewing we exert about 25 lb per square inch. A severe teeth clencher can exhibit over 10 times that amount during sleep Bruxism (like having a football lineman standing on your jaw and teeth). Sleep Bruxism has a higher incidence in those with chronic pain, sleep problems (insomnia and sleep apnea), stimulant use such as caffeine, nicotine or ADHD medications, SSRI (anti-depressants), and bite and cervical instability.

Treatment typically involves the use of a several different types of oral appliances, relaxation training, jaw exercises, medications, nutritional supplements and Botox therapy.

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