Awake Bruxism

April 1, 2023

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Awake bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching during wakefulness, is a condition in which a person consciously or unconsciously clenches or grinds their teeth while awake. It can be a result of stress, anxiety, or other psychological factors, as well as certain medical conditions, such as sleep disorders, medication side effects, or misaligned teeth.

Symptoms of awake bruxism may include:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth during the day, often without realizing it
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Tooth sensitivity or damage
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears

Treatment for awake bruxism depends on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. Stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises and therapy, may be helpful in reducing symptoms. In some cases, medications, such as muscle relaxants or antidepressants, may be prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce bruxism symptoms.

Dental treatments, such as dental splints or mouthguards, may also be recommended to protect the teeth and prevent further damage. Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners, may be helpful in correcting misaligned teeth and reducing bruxism symptoms.

It is important to seek treatment for awake bruxism, as untreated bruxism can lead to tooth damage, jaw pain, and other complications. A dental or medical professional can help determine the underlying cause of bruxism and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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