Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and find that your jaw feels tight after a night of teeth clenching. This is not an uncommon problem, although this shortcoming may be the cause of frequent headaches, aching in the jaw, and sore teeth. Anxiety and high stress are major factors that may trigger this type of nighttime, and even daytime, behavior.

You may ask yourself if this stems from your multi-tasking, fast-paced, overly demanding work schedule and if you should just quit your job. Well don’t do anything that drastic, as good jobs are hard to find these days, and there are less dramatic yet very effective solutions out there to nip this behavior in the bud.

Yes, it is true that teeth clenching can occur due to high stress levels, but this behavior may have become so habitual that you are not even aware you are doing it. When you have moments where you are extremely focused and concentrating on the preparation of your next presentation, you may have clenching taking place unconsciously. For this type of teeth clenching during the day, behavior modification and possibly splint therapy may go a long way toward alleviating discomfort. At night, however, this may be more difficult to control, as it is occurring while you are asleep. Dentists, orthodontists, and ENT specialists can all work with patients who have problems with jaw clenching.
The Dental Group of East Brunswick, is dedicated to their patients, providing the latest techniques and care for multiple dental-related issues, and offer a long list of general, cosmetic and restorative dental services. In addition, Dr. Yanni provides the extra benefit of sedation dentistry, which is a great option for those who are anxious over their upcoming procedure. Sedation dentistry can be achieved with the help of a local anesthetic, conscious sedation, or intravenous sedation with medication administered directly into the bloodstream for a safe and highly effective result.

Dental x-rays are diagnostic tools that can detect dental abnormalities that may otherwise go undetected, such as tooth fractures that have occurred from teeth clenching. Jaw soreness, headaches, and damage to the jaw joints are other anomalies that can occur from clenching the teeth, and may be controlled with the use of a splint or bite guard worn at night. The guard should be fitted by a dentist to make sure it fits the mouth properly and comfortably.

So when asked to take on yet another task that you don’t have time and won’t be paid for, just make sure you have your bite guard in and nod in affirmation while chanting your latest mantra and providing one of those teeth clenching smiles your boss loves to see.