If you frequently wake up with headaches, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep without knowing it—a condition called bruxism. Up to 8% of adults and 14% to 20% of children have sleep-related bruxism. Risk factors for bruxism include high levels of stress or anxiety, smoking, alcohol use, and consuming caffeine.
A nightguard is a common treatment for bruxism. A nightguard fits over your teeth and protects your teeth from grinding. The signs you may need a nightguard include:
Frequently Waking Up With a Headache
Headaches are one of the most common signs of sleep-related bruxism. Grinding your teeth during the night can strain your jaw muscles and lead to inflammation. The inflammation causes a headache. A night guard can protect your teeth and help prevent waking up with a headache.
In addition to headaches, you may also wake up with soreness in your face and jaw muscles. The strain of grinding your teeth at night can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Nightguards help to relieve the stress on your jaw muscles.
Jaw Popping or Clicking Sounds
Frequently grinding your teeth can affect your jaw joints. You may hear popping or clicking when you speak, or when you bite or chew food. You may also experience jaw pain. Using a nightguard can keep your jaw aligned properly and reduce symptoms of TMJ disorders.
Tooth Wear or Damage
Bruxism can lead to excessive wear on your teeth. Chipping, fractures, and other tooth damage may result from bruxism. Your teeth may also become more sensitive to temperature, leading to pain when you eat cold or hot foods. Your dentist may be able to repair the damage to your teeth with veneers or crowns. A nightguard can help protect your teeth from being damaged by grinding and clenching.
If you believe you may need a nightguard, contact us to schedule an appointment.