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Do you grind your teeth during sleep?

Grinding your teeth, known medically as Bruxism, can cause significant tooth wear if it is severe, and can sometimes damage dental restorations such as crowns and fillings. Described as the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw, It is a common problem, occurring in  8–31% of the general population. Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Or, It may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition.

The exact cause of sleep bruxism is not known, however, it has been found to be associated with several factors such as daytime stress, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, loud snoring, heavy alcohol use, caffeine, smoking, and certain antidepressant drugs.

Botox an Ideal treatment Option

According to the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics , “Botox has proven to be an ideal treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity. Many other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications and dental devices, do not address the source of the problem. Although dental devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night for bruxism sufferers, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding.”

Additionally, “…Injecting small doses of Botox directly into the large muscle that moves the jaw weakens it enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected at all by Botox.” It is recommended to get repeat injections every six months to maintain results. Some people enjoy long term results after three treatments.