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Neuro Semantics

Stop Bruxism

Bruxism is teeth grinding and clenching. Grinding and clenching of the teeth and jaw can occur in most people at one point or another. However Bruxism can become a very serious problem.

The severity of the problem can result in harmful symptoms and long term consequences for your jaw and teeth.

Recent studies have shown that long term teeth grinders/clenches can end up with severe arthritis in the jaw and in the more extreme cases these people are not able to speak by the time they are an elderly person. This very painful condition has serious social consequences...

Bruxism Symptoms

The teeth grinding and jaw clenching of Bruxism can result in teeth being worn down, cracked and even breaking so you may notice abrasions to your teeth. Your teeth play a large role in the structure of your face so the damage that Bruxism can do dentally can change your appearance.

Bruxism means you are putting pressure on your jaw and this can lead to a sore jaw upon waking, you may also notice soreness in the temples or headache.

Wearing of the tooth enamel means less protection and greater tooth sensitivity.

The pressure on jaws from Bruxism may also lead to pain around the face and tension in the eyes.

The sounds of teeth grinding can be heard by third parties, a person sharing your bed or room may hear these noises. It is good if you are informed this way, some people sleep alone or with a very heavy sleeper and it is only when they visit the dentist they are told that they are grinding or clenching. By that time there is evidence and damage.

When teeth crack or are chipped the dental response is usually Crowns/Caps (which cost thousands of dollars). Sometimes root canal therapy is necessary, which is painful and expensive.

The Dentist may offer the sufferer a dental plate to put in at night (a cushion type prosthesis like a mouthguard which is put between the teeth). However, while giving the teeth some protection it does not stop the habit: clients have reported they still have the some jaw and facial pain after sleeping as the Bruxism continues.

Bruxism may occur:

  • During sleep (Sleep Bruxism) - constant grinding of teeth may occur during sleep and the consistent clenching of the jaw
  • During wake (Awake Bruxism) - sufferers of Awake Bruxism may become aware of their condition as they bite down or clench which occurs subconsciously during their waking hours

What Causes Bruxism?

Stress, anxiety, drug use, night terrors, sleep apnea, depression, anger - there are many reasons and causes.

Help is available

With Hypnosis stresses related to the grinding reaction are released. As Bruxism is a habit NLP and Neuro Semantics are incorporated to release that habit. A combination of the techniques we offer invite the body to choose a more relaxed response and within a few sessions you can be free of Bruxism and Teeth Grinding.