Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity which commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.
Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, breathing disturbances or heavy breathing can trigger grinding and clenching of the teeth in an attempt to open the airway while you are unconscious and asleep. The most common symptoms are snoring, poor sleep, jaw and teeth pain, headaches, depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Dr. Seaman is trained to see if this is related to your oral health and comfort. He can then make appropriate recommendations based on the severity of your condition.