Bruxism

Sleep study

Bruxism is a sleep disorder where a person involuntarily grinds or clenches their teeth while sleeping.

Do sleep apnea patients have increase risk of bruxism?

Yes. Sleep apnea patients have an increased incidence of bruxism.

How common is bruxism?

Bruxism is a common problem; reports of prevalence range from 8-31% in the general population.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

The most common symptoms of bruxism include: hypersensitive teeth, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations (e.g. crowns and fillings), damage to periodontal and oral mucosa, masticatory muscle pain and headaches.

What causes bruxism?

The cause of bruxism is multifactorial:

  • It can be caused by biologic, psychologic and exogenous factors.
  • Among sleep apnea patients, arousals during the apnea episodes are considered to be a major cause of sleep bruxism.

Frequently asked questions on bruxism

  • Can bruxism go away?
  • What causes bruxism teeth grinding?
  • What is dental bruxism?
  • Is TMJ the same as bruxism?
  • What drug causes teeth grinding?
  • How do I relax my jaw muscles?
  • Is grinding teeth a sign of worms?
  • How do I stop grinding my teeth at night without a night guard?
  • Can bruxism cause nerve damage?
  • What is clenching teeth a symptom of?
  • How common is bruxism?
  • Can bruxism cause teeth to shift?
  • Can a night guard move your teeth?
  • Can you choke on a mouthguard while sleeping?
  • Can night guard change your bite?
  • Is teeth grinding a sign of autism?
  • Is bruxism curable?
  • Is bruxism genetic?

How can we help with bruxism?

If you are looking for a board certified sleep medicine physician, please contact us at 718 946 5500

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