If you wake in the mornings feeling less than refreshed or with head or neck ache, it could be a sign that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the night.
If this sounds familiar, ask our London dentists about the solutions available to help give you a better night’s sleep and help prevent wear and tear on your teeth.
According to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association more than half of us in the UK have sleep problems at some time in our lives. Poor sleep can be caused by many factors including lifestyle, illness or environmental noise, such as a snoring partner.
Bite problems and sleep disorders
There are more than 80 recognised sleep disorders, and two of the most common are bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) and snoring.
Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population. It is characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headaches on waking.
Bruxism occurs in both children and adults but is most common in 25-44 year olds.
Bruxism takes place as a response to arousals during sleep indicating that it may be a sign of another sleep disorder. The strongest association has been found between sleep bruxism and obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that is often accompanied by daytime sleepiness and non-restorative sleep. Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that causes the airway to close completely, preventing snorers from breathing.
Specially made mouth guards can change your life
Help prevent your teeth being worn down or broken by night clenching
Head, neck & shoulder aches can be eliminated
Improve your concentration and energy levels
Feel fully rested after a good night’s sleep
Help is at hand
Many people who snore suffer from a lack of quality sleep time leading to irritability and lack of concentration.
But there is help at hand - and snorers and tooth grinders will be pleased to hear that solutions include custom-made, lightweight mouthpieces that are clinically proven to help. Patients’ lives have been transformed by trying these specially designed systems.
If you suffer from problems relating to clenching or grinding, join Dr Rahendra Naidoo for a free consultation