Does your bed partner complain of not being able to sleep due to the irritating noise you create? Do not think of this occurrence as something that is normal for it is a clear sign of teeth grinding! The condition, medically referred to as bruxism, is not only experienced during sleep but in waking hours too.

If the condition takes place occasionally, the patient is less likely to be aware of it. However, if it becomes a regular occurrence, the overall oral state will be at risk. That is why we at Selah Creek Dental encourage our patients not to delay any professional assistance. As soon as it manifests, it is better to take immediate actions for any delay can cause it to worsen. For patients that are not fully aware of the said condition, here are some things they should know.

What exactly is Bruxism?

The condition is categorized into two: awake and sleep bruxism. Although both occur at different times, they are similar in characteristics and possible effects. Sleep bruxism is accounted as a sleep-related movement disorder. It is known that people with the said condition are more likely to also suffer from other sleep-related problems like sleep apnea and snoring.

The problem is, it is hard for patients who experience grinding and clenching during sleep since they are “asleep”. So, to make them aware of its presence, here are the signs to watch out for.

  • Teeth that appeared to have flattened, chipped, cracked, and loose
  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain and soreness in the jaw, face, neck, or ear
  • Deeper layers of the teeth became exposed due to wear
  • Sleep disruptions both to the patient and bed partner
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ)
  • A sudden increase in teeth sensitivity
  • Cases of lockjaw
  • Tired and tight sensations on the jaw
  • Damage on the cheek lining or tongue

What are the Treatments?

Self-care

  • Try to relax and massage the face
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Once the jaw becomes sore, use hot and cold packs for comfort
  • Reduce stress for it can aggravate bruxism
  • Avoid the consumption of foods and beverages that have caffeine before bed
  • Stop alcohol abuse and smoking not only for the body but for bruxism as well

Professional assistance

At Selah Creek Dental, we offer an oral device that can be comfortably worn by patients during sleep. The said appliance prevents grinding by avoiding contact of the upper and lower teeth. On the other hand, damage by clenching the teeth are avoided by redistributing the forces applied by the patient. Our night guards are custom-made to offer good coverage, effective protection, and better comfort.

What are you waiting for? Combat the adverse effects of Bruxism by getting Night Guards in Selah, WA! Call or visit us at Selah Creek Dental to have your oral device custom-created.