Could you be grinding your teeth at night? Studies show that nighttime grinding, also known as sleep bruxism, affects about 10% of the population. Sleep bruxism can lead to uncomfortable consequences, like serious muscle soreness and even headaches, in the days and weeks to follow.
Many people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth in their sleep, rather a loved one will hear the grinding at night. Those more likely to develop sleep bruxism include people who have underlying sleep breathing disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), nasal obstruction, people under stress, caffeine drinkers or heavy alcohol drinkers, or people with anxiety. Patients with unhappy jaw muscles from an imbalanced bite and clicking jaw joints may also brux their teeth. Sleep bruxism is also often associated with snoring. Loud snoring has even been proven to be related to plaque buildup in the Carotid Arteries due to tissue effects from the Vibration and collapse of the airway!
If left unaddressed, this grinding often leads to the necessity of extensive dental work in order to correct the teeth damages nighttime grinding causes. Even worse, for those whose grinding is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, sleep bruxism might indeed become a life threatening issue!
If you or a loved one could be suffering from sleep bruxism, don’t hesitate to call San Francisco dentist Dr. Larson to learn about a corrective treatment plan, customized for you.
For questions, or to schedule your next appointment with San Francisco dentist Dr. Larson, call 415-872-5116 today!