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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.
 
The 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. 
 
 
 
Understanding bruxism
 
 
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.
 
 
Effects
 
 
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:
 
 
Short-term effects:
 
- earache
- headaches
- facial myalgia (aching jaw and facial muscles)
- sleep disruption
- limitation of mouth opening
- inflamed/receding gums - excess tooth mobility 
 
 
Long-term effects:
 
 
- 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 patterns.
 
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 through hypnotherapy.
 
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.  

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