Do you wake up in the morning with a bad headache, a really stiff neck, an aching jaw or sensitive teeth?
You could be grinding your teeth while you sleep and don’t even know it. The habit of grinding, clenching and gnashing your teeth – called bruxism – can damage and wear them down. It can also put a lot of stress on your jaw, causing pain and TMD – temporomandibular joint disorder.
Have a look at what some studies show:
- Patients who had tension headaches contract their jaw-closing muscles 14 times more intensely while asleep than patients without tension headaches
- Migraine sufferers who experience headaches soon after waking show significant evidence of jaw clenching while asleep
- The jaw-clenching muscles of migraine sufferers are 70% larger and generate significantly higher bite forces than non-migraine sufferers
There are lots of reasons why we clench or grind our teeth. Yes, stress is one of them, but it may also be a sign of other underlying issues such as sleep apnea or airway obstruction.
That’s why it’s important to get professional help from your dentist. Often, we team up with other specialists such as ENT doctors or Sleep Physicians to carefully help you with your particular circumstances.
Removable dental appliances worn at night
At Island Dental, we can talk to you about the best possible way to help you ease up on your teeth grinding.
Often, we recommend wearing a custom-fitted dental appliance while you sleep to protect your teeth. These are:
- Simple to use and easily worn.
- Highly effective
- Painless, with no side-effects
Removable dental appliances have been used successfully with thousands of patients. Clinical trials prove:
- 82% of migraine sufferers had a 77% reduction in migraine
- 66% had a reduction in jaw-clenching intensity
- Nausea episodes were reduced by 78%
- Light-sensitive episodes were reduced by 66%
There are many different kinds of oral appliances available. Which one we recommend for you depends on your very own circumstances.
Talk to us at Island Dental about what we can do to help alleviate your teeth grinding symptoms, as well as help treat the cause of the problem. Call our Adelaide practice on (08) 8449 9777 today.