Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnoea Appliances

Teeth grinding and sleep apnoea appliances Sunnybank

Sunnybank Plaza Dental are treating patients who grind their teeth at night or suffer from sleep apnoea.

Patients who tend to wake up with a painful jaw on a regular basis and experience headaches as soon as they wake up in the morning could be suffering from bruxism.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a technical term used to describe teeth grinding and clenching your jaw. It occurs more commonly when you are sleeping and can happen without you being aware of it. Excessive bruxism can lead to oral health issues, facial pain, jaw and tooth damage and can also lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ syndrome.

What are the causes of bruxism?

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Undiagnosed sleeping disorder
  • Missing or crooked teeth
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Excessive snoring
  • Lifestyle choices and lifestyle factors

What are the signs and symptoms bruxism?

The following are possible signs and symptoms of bruxism

  • Constant headache
  • Painful jaw muscles or joints
  • Painful teeth
  • Restless sleeping
  • Fractured or loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Neck and face pain
  • Worn tooth enamel

Effects of Bruxism

If the condition remains untreated it may result in the following effects:

  • Damaged teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome

What treatment options are available?

Bruxism can quickly be detected through an oral exam, so it is vital to contact our team if you suspect you are suffering from any of the mentioned symptoms. Bruxism can easily be treated and early detection can help in preventing further damage.

The best solution for treating bruxism is the use of a professionally made occlusal splint. Anocclusal splint is a custom fitted oral appliance made of plastic. There are other treatment options which depend on the cause of your disorder. These vary from dental appliances, which improve your breathing, or medications such as muscle relaxants.

The best solution is to contact Sunnybank Plaza Dental for a thorough diagnosis. This will enable you to receive the best treatment option.