Methods of treatment include:
Behavioral or Cognitive Treatment
This method focuses on changing behavior through various techniques, such as:
- Stress management
- Relaxation therapy or exercises
Your dentist may recommend a protective mouth appliance, such as a night guard, that can absorb the pressure of constant night grinding.
Medication is only recommended for short-term use. Medications may include:
- Muscle relaxants
- Mild sleeping aids
- Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) in severe cases
- Novel medications, such as clonidine, are being explored as alternative treatments for some patients.
Bruxism that is not treated may result in gum damage, loss of natural teeth, and jaw-related disorders.
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