Muscle relaxants. In some cases, your doctor may suggest taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime, for a short period of time. Botox injections. Injections of Botox, a form of botulinum toxin, may help some people with severe bruxism. Who doesn’t respond to other treatments? In most cases, bruxism doesn’t cause major problems and maybe a short-lived habit that will go away on its own. If you suspect you or a family member suffers from bruxism a good place to begin treatment is by minimizing or learning to deal with stress.
Sleep bruxism, also known as nocturnal tooth grinding, is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. Although the causes of bruxism are unknown, one study links it with such factors as anxiety, stress, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, caffeine, sleep apnea, snoring and fatigue. A type of movement disorder that occurs during sleep, bruxism is a common condition. One survey estimates that 8% of adults grind their teeth at night and a study. Shows that more than a third of parents report symptoms in their children. Teeth grinding is not dangerous, but leaving it untreated can have serious consequences, such as permanent tooth damage. ItB can cause jaw or face pain, headaches, and earaches. More severe cases of teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (often referred to as TMJ).