Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Disorders

Bruxism

Sleep related bruxism involves grinding the teeth during sleep. While it is common for the jaw muscles to contract during sleep, bruxism entails contraction of these muscles to such a degree that significant grinding of teeth occurs. Bruxism may be noticed by a bed partner, but is often diagnosed by a patient’s dentist since wear/damage to the teeth frequently occurs as part of this disorder. Bruxism can be caused or exacerbated by other sleep disorders (such as OSA), sleep deprivation, substance use/medications, or stress. Bruxism is often treated using a mouthpiece or oral appliance. It is also treated in some cases using medication.

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