Sleep-Related Bruxism

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The Impacts of Poor Sleep Quality Are Significant

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Sleep-Related Bruxism

Clenching & Tooth Grinding May Be Accompanied By Arousals
Sleep-Related Bruxism or “tooth grinding”, is an oral activity characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth during sleep, usually accompanied by arousals. Jaw contractions can either come in the form of isolated and sustained clenching (tonic contractions), or a series of repetitive (phasic) contractions termed rhythmic masticatory muscle activity (RMMA). The condition can lead to abnormal wear of the teeth, tooth pain, jaw muscle pain, or temporal headache. Temporomandibular joint pain with limited joint movement may also accompany sleep-related bruxism.

Interestingly, individuals who are highly motivated or characteristically maintain high vigilance may have an increased prevalence of sleep-related bruxism. Precipitating factors may include anxiety-related to current life events or tasks requiring high levels of performance, in the context of difficult deadlines.

If patients or practitioners need to find a sleep center in their area, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has developed a sleep center: locator.

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Although Nourish Sleep is a non-clinical entity, we do not operate outside of a responsible care pathway. Nourish Sleep screening does not constitute confirmation of a sleep disorder or lack thereof. Only a face-to-face clinical evaluation with a clinician or board certified sleep physician can affirm the necessity for further diagnostics or treatment. Our role is to educate you and provide you a rigorous, but highly tailored and comprehensive understanding of your specific sleep quality. Although we work collaboratively with a diverse array of clinical and educational resources to fulfill that mission, Tri-Nourish Inc and Nourish Sleep constitute non-clinical entities offering non-clinical services. Our goal is to assist your sleep quality in a pre-pathological (preventative) approach that takes into consideration domains that impact health and wellbeing before they transition into common sleep, mental or physiological disorders. Poor sleep quality radically impacts productivity, performance, health, emotional resilience, and safety— well before the sleep disorder threshold has been breached.