Some people snore in their sleep. Some people walk in their sleep. Others have even been known to eat in their sleep. There are a lot of things that people do in their sleep, most of which in certain cases can be dangerous or at least annoying to anyone sleeping in the same bed. Bruxism is an example of an activity that is both dangerous and annoying.
Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of your teeth. While sleeping, many people experience this without even knowing that they’re doing it. It can be annoying to someone sleeping in the same bed, and it can be damaging to the teeth of the person doing it.
So, what can be done? Well, various meditation techniques have been used in the past – training the body to completely relax. The thought is – if the body can relax, perhaps the nervous, involuntary grinding may subside as well. In addition, some have also turned to night dental guards as a way to protect the teeth and jaw from damage.
Similar to the mouth guards an athlete might wear, night guards are prosthetic pieces that fit over the teeth in a person’s mouth. In the night, instead of grinding teeth into other teeth, there will be a barrier between the upper and lower jaw to protect any damage from occurring.
If you have any questions about Bruxism or night dental guards, please contact us for more information. Our skilled dental staff is ready to help you in any way they can, and to keep you smiling.