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 are under stress, caffeine drinkers or heavy alcohol drinkers, or people with anxiety. Sleep bruxism is also often associated with snoring.

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 Palo Alto dentists Dr. Jurash and Dr. Hansen to learn about a corrective treatment plan, customized for you.

For questions, or to schedule your next appointment with Palo Alto dentists Dr. Christine Hansen. Call 650-326-3290 today!