Teeth Clenching & Grinding
Teeth clenching and grinding can happen when people are awake or asleep. Nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea. For some people, it can be caused or worsened by stress and by medications, including antidepressants.
Chronic teeth clenching and grinding can cause sensitive teeth, premature tooth wear, and cracked and broken teeth. A variety of treatments for this are available. Dr. Watts can discuss your symptoms and treatment options. Recommendations for this may include stress reduction and habit awareness techniques, or the addition of calcium and magnesium to one’s diet. Dental nightguards, prescription muscle relaxants, and Botox therapy can also be helpful in reducing the intensity of clenching and grinding, and damage to teeth.