Identifying Sleep Bruxism

Avi Weisfogel, DDS, co-founded South Orange, New Jersey’s Dental Sleep Masters in 2014. Since that time, Dr. Avi Weisfogel and his partners have treated patients for a variety of oral issues that cause sleep disorders.

Sleep bruxism is an oral condition characterized by the grinding of teeth and clenching of jaw muscles during sleep. Undiagnosed or improperly treated sleep bruxism can lead to a number of related sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. The severity of sleep bruxism can range greatly. In some individuals, the condition may be so minor that treatment is not necessary, while other patients may develop serious jaw pain, chronic headaches, and damaged teeth.

The classic symptoms of sleep bruxism are jaw and facial pain, particularly after waking up; people may even find it difficult to fully open their mouths. The pain might be comparable to an earache or headache, but can be distinguished through worn tooth enamel and increased sensitivity throughout the mouth. If pain and oral damage continue unabated, a person should contact a dental professional for further analysis.

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