Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and
clenching of the jaw. Most people will grind their teeth to a degree, without any symptoms or complications. When grinding
becomes persistent however, it can lead to dental damage, headaches and earache.
teeth grinding actions that occur with bruxism is unconscious. This is why hypnosis for bruxism can be effective, as it is
a therapy that works on the unconscious level. Stress and anxiety are often linked to teeth grinding: two issues that can
also be addressed with hypnotherapy.
Keep reading to learn more about how to stop teeth grinding
and how hypnosis for bruxism can form part of your treatment plan.
Bruxism affects around 8-10% of the population. Characterised by jaw clenching and teeth
grinding, bruxism can lead to dental damage and jaw problems. The condition is classified in two categories - awake bruxism
and sleep bruxism.
Awake bruxism, as its name suggests, occurs when you are awake. Usually there is no teeth
grinding, just jaw clenching in response to certain stimuli. Sleep bruxism happens when you are asleep and generally involves
both grinding and jaw muscle contractions.
The condition is then further broken down into primary and
secondary bruxism. The primary type occurs without any prior medical condition, while the secondary type takes place when
another medical or psychiatric condition is present. Secondary bruxism for example can ben associated with medications, recreational
drugs and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Psychological concerns such as stress and anxiety are known
to exacerbate teeth grinding durning sleep. The condition has also been linked to sleep disorders as it tends to occur
during periods of wakefulness.
The effects of bruxism will vary from person to person depending on the severity of the problem.
There are long and short-term effects. These include:
- facial myalgia (aching jaw and facial muscles)
- sleep disruption
- limitation of mouth opening
- inflamed/receding gums - excess tooth mobility
- tooth wear and breakage
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Hypnosis for bruxism
If your suspect you are suffering from bruxism, a visit to
your dentist or doctor is advised. They will be able to see if the grinding/clenching has caused any damage to your teeth.
They will also discuss your treatment options.
As part of your treatment plan, you may want to explore
hypnosis for bruxism. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching happen unconsciously, whether you're awake or asleep. As the action is controlled by your unconscious, hypnotherapy (a therapy that works with the unconscious
mind) can use the power of suggestion to help change thought patterns that lead to bruxism.
Hypnosis puts you into a deeply relaxed state. When you are in this
state, your unconscious is open to suggestion and re-patterning. Using hypnotherapy techniques, the thought patterns that
lead to teeth grinding can be interrupted. Then, using suggestive language, we can encourage new (more beneficial) thought
Around 70% of sleep bruxism cases are
believed to be stress-related. Anxiety is also commonly associated with the condition. These are both issues that can be addressed
When looking at stress and anxiety,
hypnotherapy can help you get to the root cause. It also supports the development of more positive coping methods, so that
your mind reacts better in stressful situations. As teeth grinding can often be a reaction, using hypnosis for stress may
reduce bruxism as a result.
Many teeth grinders come to anticipate
the problem. This means they think about it ot worry about it in advance. Through hypnotherapy, your mind can be programmed
to anticipate a good night's sleep with a relaxed jaw instead. This may sound simple, but subtle shifts in thinking like this
can lead to great results.