Sleep Bruxism Cause and Effect
Sleep Bruxism, a medical term for teeth grinding a parafunctional habit of the jaws, is common among adults who are stressed, have oral problems, or are suffering from OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. Although teeth grinding happens to many people, it’s a disorder that should be corrected as soon as possible, to avoid headaches, jaw disorders, oral health complications and damaged teeth.
Some people are not even aware that they grind their teeth at night, until their roommate complains of not getting enough sleep because of noise caused by it, or until their dentist discovers broken dental fillings and damaged teeth. Morning headaches and stressed jaw muscles are also symptoms of this disorder. As teeth grinding continues, the person will even find it hard to open his or her mouth wide when waking up after sleeping.
There are many ways to avoid Bruxism or teeth grinding. If you think you’re suffering from this condition, it would be wise to consult your dentist or doctor for the best ways to avoid it. One way to proceed if you suspect you have Sleep Bruxism is to complete a simple questionnaire like an Epworth sleepiness or Stop Bang to evaluate risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A home sleep test may be indicated. If a home sleep test is ordered it can be very informative to collect cheek EMG data to better identify and diagnose jaw muscle para function.
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