Do you notice your jaw or teeth hurting when you wake up in the morning? Do you have frequent tension headaches, and/or does your spouse periodically grumble that you kept him up making grinding noises in your sleep?
It is possible that you have a form of sleep bruxism, where you grind your pearly whites completely unaware while you are sleeping. People who do this in their sleep often have some sort of sleep disorder including chronic snoring, or sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to temporarily stop breathing while asleep.
If you suffer from emotional issues like anxiety, or chronic tension, you may grind your teeth at night to release the stress.
If you have sleep apnea, or earaches (more common in children), take certain medications like antidepressants, you may tend to clench your jaw and grind your teeth at night.
If you have an abnormal alignment (a bad bite) this may also have you grinding your teeth while you sleep.
While annoying, teeth grinding may not cause problems if it is temporary or as long as it is not chronic where it will wear your teeth down over time. You may use simple soothing remedies such as winding down at night using lavender oil or warm milk or chamomile tea to help you relax before bed. Some people use biofeedback, yoga, or meditation to help them reduce stress.
If your teeth grinding is constant you may find relief by wearing a night guard while you sleep. Dr. Jones can make a comfortable, well-fitting plastic mouthguard that protects your teeth at night, helping you to sleep better and reduce the stress on your mouth and jaw.
If you feel this is an option for you, please contact our friendly staff at 214.824.2130 and let us help you get a good night’s sleep again!