How to Manage Bruxism When You Sleep Through Doing It
Posted on 8/10/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
If you clench and grind your teeth while you're asleep at night, you might think there is nothing that you can do about it. After all, you aren't aware that it is happening until the next day when you wake up with tooth or jaw pain. However, there are a few things that you can try in order to manage your bruxism.
Use a Night Guard
The most common treatment plan for nighttime grinding is the use of a night guard. We can custom fit a mouth guard to match the exact shape and placement of your teeth. It will fit over the top teeth, and while it won't stop you from grinding while you sleep, it will protect your teeth from damage.
Work Out Another tip that might help to reduce your nighttime grinding is to get regular exercise. Many people grind their teeth while asleep due to stress and anxiety, even if you aren't completely conscious of what you are doing. You can take a walk in the evening or work out at the gym – anything that helps you to feel more relaxed and less stressed.
Find a Way to Unwind before Bed In addition to exercise, there are other things that you can do to unwind before you go to bed. Some people like to read to take their minds off of their troubles. A warm bath or shower before bed can also help, as warm water can relax the jaw muscles. A heating pad might also help.
Bruxism can be extremely damaging to the teeth, so it is important to find a way to manage the issue. If you grind your teeth at night, please call our office to set up an appointment. We will help you to create a bruxism management plan and can inspect your teeth for any possible damage.