Get a Good Night’s Rest with Sleep Bruxism Treatment
Sleep bruxism is more commonly referred to as teeth grinding. If you suffer from this problem, Dr. Mitul Patel and his staff at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Suwanee can provide you with a custom-fit night guard or suppression system to protect your teeth and help you get a good night’s sleep.
You may never notice yourself grinding your teeth, but your significant other likely has stories to tell of interrupted rest. In some cases, sleep bruxism and sleep apnea are wrapped up together and the conditions must both be managed to help you achieve the rest your body needs.
Sleep bruxism is not only a problem because it can interrupt your sleep. Teeth grinding is incredibly detrimental to your oral health. Grinding your teeth excessively – whether your condition is chronic or only situational in times of stress – can lead to problems like TMJ, worn enamel, gum recession, cracked teeth, broken teeth, loose teeth, and damaged cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry, such as broken fillings or crowns.
Let’s not forget the other painful physical signs of sleep bruxism. A sore jaw, frequent headaches, popping jaw, clicking jaw, and neck aches are all indications that something could be off with your bite.
The Who and Why of Sleep Bruxism
Nocturnal teeth grinding can occur in both children and adults. Occasional teeth grinding is not especially harmful. However, sleep bruxism on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your teeth and impact your quality of life.
Reports indicate that up to 40 million Americans suffer from sleep bruxism, and the reasons why can range from stress to fatigue and alcohol consumption to smoking. Regardless of what is triggering your nighttime teeth grinding, an effective solution can be found at your Johns Creek dentist.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
The first step in treating sleep bruxism is correctly diagnosing the issue. Signs of wear on your teeth and other symptoms, like pain in the jaw and a clearly misaligned bite, can indicate to Dr. Patel that teeth grinding is a common occurrence.
Treating sleep bruxism immediately helps to prevent more extensive dental damage. Custom appliance therapy can protect your smile while you sleep. In many cases, our treatment devices can also eliminate the sounds associated with teeth grinding, helping your bed partner get a better night’s sleep too.
A full-coverage night guard can be customized for your mouth so that it fits snugly and flawlessly on your teeth. This involves taking impressions and waiting for your guard to be prepared for you. When you grind your teeth at night, the only damage that’s done is your lower teeth bouncing off the night guard, ultimately protecting both the upper and lower arches of teeth.
Quite often, an NTI night guard is the best choice for teeth grinders because it protects teeth from grinding and stops clenching behavior. The NTI device triggers a nerve reflex that relaxes the muscles that cause forceful clenching.
The Link Between Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a sign of TMJ disorder, and TMJ problems can be a side effect of teeth grinding. The trio can affect one another. If your TMJ and tongue are incorrectly positioned, breathing will be restricted and snoring will result. This breathing sleep disorder may lead to unconsciously grinding your teeth or clenching while sleeping – the sleep bruxism occurs because the body is attempting to find a position that will help keep your airways open and eliminate obstructed breathing.
Sleep apnea treatment often involves the use of an oral appliance that helps relax jaw muscles by repositioning the jaw, easing tension in the jaw joint, and creating proper alignment. In some cases, your Johns Creek dentist may recommend a round of orthodontics to correct your bite, efficiently eliminating sleep bruxism and sleep apnea.
Tired of grinding your teeth? Worried about your tooth enamel because of grinding? Ready to stop being awakened by or waking up with tension headaches? Contact Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in the Suwanee area to schedule your consultation. We happily serve all North Atlanta communities.