Have you ever caught yourself forcefully clenching your teeth while you are going about your everyday activities? Being awake and aware that you are doing it allows you to stop. However, did you know you can be clenching and grinding your teeth while you are not awake? If you experience bruxism while sleeping in Santa Ana, you should seek the help of a professional.
Research has shown that 8 percent of adults suffer from some form of teeth movement disorder during sleep. Dr. Kareem Abraham has even seen children who exhibit symptoms of bruxism.
How can Dr. Abraham help with bruxism?
Any irregularities in the mouth are cause for concern. A condition such as bruxism can be addressed by Dr. Abraham. His knowledge of treating oral health issues with the latest advancements in dental technology can help patients who suffer from nocturnal teeth grinding. Dr. Abraham can correct the harm done by bruxism which can include dental damage, jaw and mouth pain, and sleep disturbances.
If I’m asleep, how do I know if I am grinding my teeth?
Telltale signs of bruxism while sleeping in Santa Ana may include frequent sleep interruptions. You awaken for seemingly no reason at all several times every night. Or, your sleeping partner complains about being kept awake by grinding noises coming from your side of the bed. If you get up in the morning and your jaw is sore that can be another symptom of bruxism.
How can bruxism be diagnosed?
If you suspect you may be experiencing sleep bruxism, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abraham. He will ask about your symptoms and your lifestyle, since underlying causes of bruxism can include stress and anxiety, excess alcohol and caffeine consumption, or smoking.
Dr. Abraham will perform a complete physical examination of your mouth, teeth, and jaw. If he finds that you have teeth that are cracked, chipped, or even loose, especially on one side of your mouth, that can be a h2 indication of bruxism. If your major complaint is jaw pain or tenderness in your face when you open your mouth wide, Dr. Abraham will carefully examine the temporomandibular joint, that allows your jaw to move and down, for signs of TMJ.
How is bruxism treated?
Once TMJ is ruled out, Dr. Abraham may recommend certain changes in your lifestyle, which may include monitoring food and beverage consumption or quitting smoking. If you have been experiencing a lot of stress, he may advise you on how to eliminate negativity from your mind before bedtime. Making a conscious effort to relax can go a long way to stopping the harmful effects of bruxism. If appropriate for your needs, Dr. Abraham may recommend the use of a mouth guard that is custom made to fit your mouth and bite. The guard will ensure that your upper and lower teeth do not contact each other if you clench them while sleeping.