Nocturnal Teeth Grinding May Suggest a Sleep Disorder

Teeth clinching or grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common problem and can cause enamel damage, headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). According to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, bruxism is a nocturnal parafunctional activity which includes clenching, gnashing, gritting, and grinding of teeth. During sleep, our muscles start to relax causing the tongue to retreat to the back of the throat. This can lead to upper airway resistance or obstruction during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be managed with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) after a correct diagnosis from a sleep specialist.

At the Head Pain Institute®, our providers have extensive training in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. A provider at the Head Pain Institute® offers one of the leading alternatives for CPAP, which is an oral appliance that can be used in conjunction with CPAP or as a stand-alone oral appliance depending on the severity of the individual’s OSA. If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today with one of our providers at 480-945-3629.