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Sleep-related bruxism: Everything you need to know


Sleep-related bruxism is the activity of clenching the jaw and grinding teeth during sleep.

Sleep bruxism is prevalent in 14%-20% of children of eleven years of age and out of these, 85% suffer in adulthood.[1]

-People with depression and anxiety are at risk
-Causes are multifactorial in nature
-Prevalence declines as age increases
-Lad tests and imaging is not required

Also called: Nocturnal tooth grinding

If ignored, it can lead to severe damage to teeth along with lips, tongue, and cheeks. There is no permanent treatment of sleep-related bruxism. However, it can be managed regular exercise, stress management and by making certain changes in lifestyle.

Ages affected – People of all ages are affected; common in young children


Symptoms include tooth pain and jaw muscle pain.

People may experience
Pain areas – teeth, jaw muscles, face, head, ear
Worn and damaged teeth
Increased tooth sensitivity
Sour teeth, gums, and jaw
Sleep disruption
Morning jaw rigidity
Excessive sweating during sleep
Noise due to grinding teeth
Arousal during sleep
Tooth indentations on the tongue


Self Care: Stress management, regular exercise, use of bite splint, skip chewy food, avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Medications: Over-the-counter antidepressants, benzodiazepines can be taken however doctor prescription is required.

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