Bruxism

Wow…... I went to my dentist for cleaning on Monday, and the technician says “What’s with your molars, a bit worn down now!” I said “that’s news to me, never been told that before, and I don’t recognize it during my sleep”. I did mention I have a bit of insomnia and asked what to do about it??

The term is “Bruxism” which is grinding of teeth together (which when awake is like nails on a chalkboard!) So, on top of all that Ive been through (3 sleep studies, U-PPP, repair of deviated septum, u name it) now this. They took impressiions of my uppers and lower and in 2 weeks time I get fit with this little rubberized spacer that fits on the front teeth keeping the rear molars from touching together. It is possible this will add to better “sleep-sleep” quality. I would have thought the sleep study would have picked up on the jaw tension scenario (as you are hooked up to electrodes here and there anyways!)

Anybody with comments, similar plight, etc??

Posted 22 Feb 2013 at 4:19 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    I wrote below but not sure how much all those guards are costing you but a child's football mouth guard at $1.00 might be cheaper, since you are biting through them, you might be able to afford this easier. and it might even be a thicker plastic and take longer to bite through.

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    My dentist says I'm grinding my teeth when I sleep and insists I wear a mouth guard (which I've done for two years now despite how uncomfortable it is). My sleep study said there was no indication of bruxism. I mentioned this to my dentist, and she said the study was wrong and that I'm continuing to do damage despite wearing the (really uncomfortable) mouth guard.

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    I have been dealing with TMJ and grinding my teeth since 16yrs old and had my wisdom teeth removed as they were impacted that caused severe migraines. I have had 6 different mouth guards (hard plastic) and have worn them down to nothing or woke up with bits of broken plastic between my gums. It has gotten so bad that I have chipped my lower front teeth and have hairline fractures. Insurance does not cover these appliances even though it is necessary to have good dental health to sustain quality of life. You would think that they could code the necessity for these appliances so that the Insurance company could pick up some of the cost as they are as stated @ $300.00+ per appliance, some of us need uppers and lowers and the one sports one I can grid up in one night, not worth the money or possible choking hazard. Good luck everyone in working toward better dental care. Maybe in the near future the Insurance companies will add this as an
    essential necessity for sustaining good health.

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    I have been dealing with TMJ and grinding my teeth since 16yrs old and had my wisdom teeth removed as they were impacted that caused severe migraines. I have had 6 different mouth guards (hard plastic) and have worn them down to nothing or woke up with bits of broken plastic between my gums. It has gotten so bad that I have chipped my lower front teeth and have hairline fractures. Insurance does not cover these appliances even though it is necessary to have good dental health to sustain quality of life. You would think that they could code the necessity for these appliances so that the Insurance company could pick up some of the cost as they are as stated @ $300.00+ per appliance, some of us need uppers and lowers and the one sports one I can grid up in one night, not worth the money or possible choking hazard. Good luck everyone in working toward better dental care. Maybe in the near future the Insurance companies will add this as an
    essential necessity for sustaining good health.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I don't grind too badly but do clench my jaw and chew the sides of my mouth and also my tongue occasionally.

    I cant tolerate a guard, ive tried an upper and lower, I think having braces started me doing this although im not certain id dint do it as a child.

    im really interested in looking up a mctimoney practitioner and I think especially for those who grind it may be worth looking up retained reflexes.

    Feldenkrais may also be an option, I am looking into this.

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    This was helpful to read. Both my Doctor and Dentist have declared this untreatable. I was given a basic mouth guard but it doesn’t stop me clenching my way through it and Dr offered amitriptyline which put me into a foggy bad place. The dental hospital said I just needed to relax (!!) which I know! Anyway clearly there are things you can do but my NHS dentist just doesn’t know about them. I will show him there are other options. Twenty five years of bruxism. I really need help.

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    I really need help.

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    I really need help.I really need help.

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    gg

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    Can you tell me if you need help with sleep at the moment or the bruxism?

    Kurly ;)

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    Hi there,
    I would like to help you – is it for the bruxism or your sleep that you really need help with at the moment?
    Best wishes
    Kurly ;)

  • Sleepio Member

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    I grind sometimes. I found the cheap Walmart guard for a buck a good solution for a sometimes problem. I'm waking with headaches so suspect I am grinding again. If I grind through the somewhat softer guard, they are cheap to replace. My dentist said start there, mouth guard that also help with sleep apnea are $500 plus. Good luck to everyone.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I've needed a nightguard for bruxism for 11 years now… my teeth and jaw are pretty messed up. I haven't ever correlated this with my poor sleep, though that's a good question.

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    Hi Jan M,
    Welcome to Sleepio- sorry to hear you have grinding problems and headaches associated with that.

    My OH gets headaches every morning in bed – and I’m just wondering if it might be teeth grinding too. How long does your headache last and how can you tell if it’s down to bruxism?

    The difference for him is if he gets up, within five minutes the headache usually goes and doesn’t come back even though he gets a cuppa and goes back to bed.
    (He’s not on Sleepio btw – and doesn’t care about staying up once he’s awake – he just goes back to bed with his tea and sin of sins – he reads on his iPad and or iPhone!!
    Thanks! I can’t really help much with this subject – I have been known to grind according to my dentist but I haven’t been doing it recently – but if you need any help on the Sleepio programme – I may be able to help with that instead – am a bit of an old hand now!! 80))

    Best sleepio wishes
    Kurly ;)

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    Hi Ryan,
    I have left you a message on your profile page.
    Kurly ;)

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Kurly,

    Thanks for the message in my profile -- i wasn't clear how to message you back directly.

    I have hardly any trouble falling asleep. My main problem is I wake up 4+ times every night. Even though I can fall back asleep quickly, I'm left super exhausted and diminished every day (some days much worse than others; today is particularly bad). Any advice?

    Thanks,
    Ryan

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    Better sleep wearing mouth guard
    I grind my teeth in my sleep mainly on one side. I regularly forget to wear my mouth guard at night but when I remember I do sleep better – according to my sleep diary!

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    A mouth guard shouldn't be uncomfortable- although mine makes me dribble sometimes

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    I have Fibro so i suffer with insomnia, my Dentist says i need to get my sleep pattens sorted out.

    I have actually grinded my teeth so much that i have ridges at the ends of my teeth.
    My dentist had to fill a cracked tooth and filled some areas on my teeth where i have grinded them away.

    Its become so bad that i wake my husband up of a night grinding.
    A recent revelation is that i clench my jaw, ive never noticed that before.

    I have the mouth guard but its just yet another thing keeping me awake so i do not wear it.

    Im really hoping Sleepio will sort my sleeping problems out.
    My doctor put me on to Sleepio so its all fingers crossed.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I broke a molar with my grinding. The dentist suggested a mouthguard, but I didn't want to spend even more money. Then, I cracked another molar. Then a third. The pain and cost of those repairs were way, way more than the cost of a custom mouthguard. I invested in a custom mouthguard. It's thin, comfortable, and fits over my top teeth perfectly. It's been 3 1/2 years and I haven't cracked any teeth or made my situation worse. I wish I would have bought a mouthguard after the first broken tooth. I am very happy wearing a mouthguard at night.

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