Do You Grind Your Teeth? Or Maybe Your Child Grinds His or Her Teeth? If So, Then You’ll Be Able to Find Bruxism Treatment Near You Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. Get in Touch With Our Clinic Today to Learn More About How We Can Help.
Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism) can actually be more serious than it sounds. If it’s frequent and severe enough, it can result in headaches and even jaw disorders. In fact, you might have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until you start developing those complications. This is why it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek treatment. We can help with this here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders.
What is bruxism?
Many people clench, gnash, or grind their teeth occasionally, but some people do it often, unconsciously, or while sleeping, and it can become problematic. This is when the issue becomes bruxism. Sleep bruxism is a common kind of bruxism and considered a sleep-related disorder, but awake bruxism is another possibility. One of the significant issues with sleep bruxism is that it can contribute to sleep disorders like snoring and even sleep apnea. For many patients, mild bruxism isn’t a significant issue, but for others, it certainly can be, leading to headaches, damaged teeth, jaw disorders, and yes, sleep disorders.
If you or a loved one has been having some of the aforementioned issues, then you should consider being tested and possibly treated for bruxism. There are many possible signs and symptoms to look out for, which we will help with here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders.
What are the signs and symptoms of bruxism?
If you suspect that you or someone you love has bruxism, then you can watch out for some of the following signs and symptoms. However, you should get professional assistance and treatment too. Some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Flattened, fractured, chipped, or loose teeth
- Tooth enamel that is worn
- A change in tooth sensitivity or pain
- Jaw or facial pain
- Headaches that start in the temples
- Chewing the inside of the check
- Disruptions in sleep
- Tight or tired muscles in the jaw or even a locked jaw
These symptoms can be relieved with proper, professional treatment. The type of treatment depends on the type and severity of the symptoms, but there are some options available that are easy for patients and customized for each and every one of them.
How is bruxism treated?
Symptom relief is important, of course, and for more significant cases of bruxism, treatment is especially important and can prevent teeth damage, tension-type headaches, jaw and facial pain, and even TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we have a solution for these patients.
There are some things patients can do for themselves, like dealing with stress and anxiety, but this isn’t necessarily enough. One of the most effective treatment methods available is oral appliance therapy. A simple, custom-made, and comfortable oral appliance will provide a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth, protecting them from damage and preventing grinding. Additionally, the appliance can help many patients with sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and it’s proven too, providing most patients with 90% symptom relief within about 3 months.
Do you provide bruxism treatment near me?
Yes, Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders has multiple locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. You can come to any of our locations for bruxism treatment. Please see our Appointments page for our locations’ addresses and contact information, or give us a call us so we can help you find the closest location to you. You can also book a consultation with us from that page.
Get in touch with us today at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders for long-lasting relief from bruxism and quite possibly also a better sleep!