Monday, June 18, 2018

Nocturnal Bruxism

Waking up with facial pain may seem like no big deal, but it’s something to think about. Teeth clenching and grinding are symptoms of a condition called bruxism. Though bruxism can occur while a person is awake, it commonly happens while the patient is asleep. Nocturnal bruxism can be a sign of a sleep disorder. If you snore or clench or grind your teeth, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS.

Teeth clenching and grinding can lead to enamel damage, broken teeth, headaches and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Though there is no actual cause of bruxism, some consider it a person’s way of coping with stress and anxiety. If you are experiencing jaw pain, or discomfort, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS may suggest a TMJ splint, night guard,  snore or sleep apnea appliance for you to wear during sleep. This will help prevent further damage, save your teeth, gums, jaw bone and Jaw joint. It will let you sleep better. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding nocturnal bruxism or jaw pain, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

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