FAQ - Sleep Bruxism
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How does bruxism affect your sleep?

My dentist told me that I have bruxism and that I need to wear a mouthguard to bed. I don't realise that I am grinding my teeth at night but do have a sore jaw etc and wake up tired. How exactly does bruxism affect sleep when it isn't physically waking me up?

I'm worried that if I pay $500 for the guard it won't work. I'm a little confused so thankyou if you can help explain it to me.

I had the same problem several years ago (teeth grinding in my sleep & jaw pain in the morning).

I was always exhausted in the morning!

I saw a bunch of specialists, tried mouth guards, and nothing worked.

Friend of mine told me about this site, and it taught me exercises to stop teeth grinding and cure TMJ pain (without expensive treatments or surgery or mouth guards).


Wrote a webpage about my experience here:


Katie  (+ info)

Is it ok to wear your retainers when you sleep even if you grind your teeth (bruxism)?

The grinding is durnig sleep, I am afraid it will damage the retainers so i don't know...

Yes, it is okay to wear the retainer even though you grind your teeth. The retainer is capable of doing double duty acting as a brux appliance AND a retainer. If it shows signs of wear, bring it to your dentist or orthodontist and have it repaired or replaced.

Whenever you go for dental or ortho checkups, have them examine the appliance for you to make sure it is okay, and, try it on for them to make sure it is fitting properly. Don't rely on your own expertise.

If the grinding never stops, you will always require a brux appliance of one type or another. Sticking with a retainer will ensure that your teeth remains straight AND you don't suffer wear of your teeth from grinding.  (+ info)

How to cure bruxism? (grinding of teeth during sleep)?

Please don't say teeth guards...I'm trying to cure it.

Jamie hope this helps. Bruxism is grinding usually due to a bad positioning of your teeth. In order to cure it, first you need to visit an orthodontist, or a dentist that is well educated in this matter. Theres computer analysis that measure your chewing muscles to find the best positioning of your teeth for minimal pressure. Sometimes minor adjustments are needed to reposition, somethimes braces, etc. It is usually induced by stress, but if you are doing it at night theres not much you can do mentally to stop it without treatment. A nightguard is provided to try weaken the muscles and decrease the chances of your chipping a tooth.  (+ info)

Are there any natural remedies out there for treating symptoms of bruxism?

My girlfriend has suffered from bruxism (grinding of teeth in her sleep) and other "muscle spasm" like symptoms in her sleep relating to a Post-Traumatic Stress syndrome.
While she has a mouth plate to protect her teeth, her jaw and neck muscles are constantly strained causing major pain and migranes upon waking.
Are there any natural remedies that could possibly assist us? I was thinking perhaps some sought of msucle relaxant that could be applied locally (ie. to her jaw)?
Any ideas/suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

I know how she feels....
Maybe think about osteopath? They can be helpful.  (+ info)

Does anyone have a cure for bruxism apart from muscle relaxants and mouthguards?

I really want to get rid of the mouthguard and sleep normally, I have tried hypnotheraphy, EFT, muscle relaxants and reiki with no improvement. Any sucess stories?


Does anyone else grind their teeth whilst they sleep?

I've been told by my boyfriend that I grind my teeth while I sleep! Does anyone else do this? I've read that its called Bruxism. I want to know if I can do anything to stop it rather than getting a tooth guard from my dentist which is quite costly apparently!

Bruxism is grinding your teeth. You need a night mouth guard to prevent damage to your teeth . You could even fracture your jaw if you grind too hard and too much. Tension may be one cause for this so you need to learn to relax...maybe do yoga or read. Do you feel tense a lot? You can buy a mouth guard in the drug stores. Not sure how much they cost but I don't think they are that expensive.....certainly not as much as a dentist.  (+ info)

Alternatives to a mouth guard for teeth bruxism?

The shops are shut so I can't buy a mouthfuard. Is there anything else I can do to stop bruxism when I sleep tonight, like say chewing on a jumper.


Hello..i understand your concern but I suspect that you don't know why you are having bruxism issues...We usually call it gritting and grinding for people who don't understand dental terminology....Anyway, while a mouthguard helps in preventing tooth damage while your gritting and grinding it doesn't deal with the cause. I found that in just about every case where the gritting and grinding was going on the patient had Emotional Stress issues. Such issues are not restricted by age or gender in any way in case your wondering...tel you what, I wrote a piece developed by my research called EDS "Emotional Denture Stress"..but don't let the word "Denture" throw you...What I wrote applies to people with and without teeth...I specialized in dentures and thats why the word is in the title. I'll attach the piece now for you to read.

Emotional Denture Stress (EDS)
Floyd P. Spiva Jr.CDT MDT CD
Copyright 1980..Revised 2009
< [email protected] >

Let me begin by saying that (EDS), Emotional Denture Stress, is so titled because my practice is restricted to providing dental appliances to my patients, IE: Dentures, Partial Dentures and servicing same. While providing those services, all to often I have to deal with varying degrees of gum tissue issues, underlying gum bone problems and discomfort in and around the jaw joint, more often referred to as the "TMJ", (Tempro-Mandibular Joint). While my specialty is restricted to dental appliances, "EDS" is not restricted to those who wear a denture or partial denture. The Emotional Stress part can be a devastating issue for non dental appliance wearer's. In both cases the end cure is the same.
So, where does "EDS" come from? I found that there are (6 ) areas that can produce mild to sever cases of EDS. Employment, Money, Marriage, Health, Sex, and Self Esteem.You need to understand that while you may not personally have an issue with one of those areas, you may instead be so emotionally attached to another person who has is personally dealing with one or more of the areas, you become excessively emotionally affected. That emotional attachment can create serious health issues for you. While a dental appliance wearer will exhibit explicit physiological symptoms, yours will be emotional and other health issues that can be very serious.
Dental appliance wearers will exhibit both visual and non visual results created by their "EDS". The affect most often exhibited is the gritting and grinding of the persons teeth. A non visual affect will be moderate to sever discomfort in the jaw joint. I must point out that not all jaw discomfort can be attributed to "EDS". Jaw joint issues can be caused by other issues such as misaligned teeth, natural or artificial, and bone and joint disease.
However, gritting, grinding and pressuring the teeth together for long periods of time is the most common symptom exhibited. Visually the gum tissues will be from moderately red to looking like fresh ground beef in sever cases. Routinely, the greater the emotional stress the greater damage is done to the gum tissue and surrounding structures, such as the gum bone and the jaw joint. In some cases nervous lip biting has been an issue.
When "EDS" is occurring it advances in stages. The first stage begins with what I would call on and off periods of gritting and grinding. As the stress gets more sever the gritting and grinding, as well as pressuring the teeth together, gets more frequent and more intense. When the teeth (denture or dentures) are pressed into the gums the first thing that happens is that the fluids in the tissue are squeezed out and into other areas. The fluid that provided a margin of cushion is displaced and leaves the tissue trapped between the hard denture and the hard gum bone. The tissue then gets abused by the pressure and the gritting and grinding and it rebels by turning red and rashy and eventually gets very sore.
Also, when the tissue is squeezed and the tissue fluid displaced, the tissue shrinks and that reduces the fit. As the pressures continue the gum bone begins to react by dissolving away from it. When both the tissue and the bone are reduced in size the dental appliance no longer fits and the ill fitting denture surfaces only add to the abuse of the gum tissues.
So what's the answer you ask...As a denturist my first response is to take steps to perform whatever procedure it takes to protect the tissue and if possible make adjustments to the dental appliance to eliminate it's ability to abuse the oral tissues and gum bone. That will of course be a limited response on my part because as long as the gritting and grinding goes on the damage to the gums, gum bone and jaw joint goes on, only at a slower pace.
After taking the steps I can to lessen the pain to the tissues, I make an attempt to visit with the patient during the ensuing appointments to learn where the EDS is coming fro  (+ info)

Are there any good remedies for Bruxism?

I grind my teeth something awful throughout the day and when i sleep. I am wondering if there is any way to reduce this without using a mouth guard?

There is no way to stop bruxism. Unless, you can naturally stop yourself from doing it. If you continue doing it, you will develop a problem with your TMJ (tempomanibular joint) This joint controls the movement with you jaw. If you grind your teeth you could tire out the muscles in your condyle joint, and possible dislocation care occure. You can buy a universal mouthguard at any discount store if pharmace, but I recommend using a custom mouthguard made at your dental office, they are more comforatble and gentler to your gums.

Igorek, Dental Assistant  (+ info)

Is it bad to create a lot of heat while you sleep?

My boyfriend finds that he tosses and turns when he sleeps in the same bed as me because I create too much heat while I sleep. I'm kind of petite, so most of the time during the daytime, I'm cold... or at least cool. But once I fall asleep, apparently I generate so much heat he wakes up, or has to leave the room. It's not like he's sensitive, a lot of my friends have said the same thing. I'm taking it this isn't normal... but besides the fact that I'm too hot to handle, is it really that bad? Should I be worried?

The only real downside of it is I find whenever I wake up, I have headaches. I know for a fact I have bruxism, but I have braces so I can't really get a mouth guard... does that have anything to do with it?

You should go to your doctor to see if this is something to be concerned about since so many people have told you about this condition. It doesn't sound good that you wake up with headaches. In the meantime, I have heard of special blankets or bed covers that are made with one side light and the other side heavy to compensate for couples with different temperature preferences.  (+ info)

Do other people have scars from bruxism?

I grind my teeth and have for a long time. I've tried mouth guards but they don't work. I end up spitting them out in my sleep. Thus, chewing and grinding on myself. Over the years I've noticed my teeth becoming smaller and I have scars on the inside of my cheek, I was wondering if anyone else has these scars as well.

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