Hypnosis can be an effective treatment to stop the behaviour that causes you to grind your teeth.
What is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding (medically known as bruxism) is a common condition where you grind your teeth excessively to the point of starting to wear them down.
Many people don’t realise they suffer from bruxism until noticing in the mirror that teeth have started to wear down.
The condition occurs when grinding your teeth during sleep, friction movement of grinding the top and lower teeth together causes the teeth to wear away. The teeth start to look like they’ve been filed down with a metal file.
Several warning signs commonly associated with Bruxism, include:
- Hypersensitive teeth when drinking first thing in the morning
- Tips of teeth appear to be more worn down than usual
- Your partner tell you that you are making grinding noises when you’re asleep
- Aching jaw muscles or headaches
- Running your tongue over the top of your bottom teeth feels like an upside-down letter ‘L’ from the where teeth have been rubbing together to wear the teeth down
- Noticeable deterioration of existing dental work such as filing, replacements or teeth chipping
If some of the worn teeth are uneven, your dentist might give you the option to have the other teeth filed down (ouch) so they are all as even as each other.
Many people grind their teeth, and some may be unaware they grind at night or show other signs of the condition.
Some people ignore the signs until they visit the dentist for a check-up. He / she can offer to fit you with a night mouth guard to help protect the teeth from further wear and tear this may need to be replaced every couple of months depending on how ferociously you’re biting down at night. Expensive veneers to repair the damage.
Apart from the cost, another downside of this is neither of which deal with the cause of your anxiety and so won’t resolve the original problem.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Stress, frustration, anger, or anxiety are contributing factors to grinding teeth when awake some people clench their teeth and fists when feeling anxious or annoyed grinding teeth when asleep is a way for subconscious part of the mind to grind away stresses or anxieties accumulated during the day.
Another cause could be when the teeth are not aligned properly and grind against each other.
Additionally, drugs and medications such as anti-depressants and other psychiatric drugs can cause teeth grinding, or multiple symptoms of the condition.
Benefits of Reducing Bruxism
The health implications of reducing the symptoms are important because it prevents further damage to teeth, and gums.
The problem condition can be helped by wearing a tooth grinding guard prescribed by a dentist. However, this won’t fix the problem, and a replacement guard can be purchased when grinding has also worn this guard down.
Hypnosis to Help Teeth Grinding
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is regularly used to treat this condition.
Hypnotherapy helps treat people who grind their teeth by inducing a relaxed state of mind in the patient, if the grinding or clenching is caused by stress or anxiety.
The hypnotherapist can then pinpoint the stressor and prescribe further solutions, such as relaxation techniques.
NLP can also be used with hypnosis to help treat this issue.
Other treatments include taking antidepressants or muscle relaxers, but these treatments are not well-tested to prevent this.
There are several medications being developed and tested to treat excessive teeth clenching. Cognitive-behavioural therapy and habit reversal are other options.
By being able to reduce your grinding, you will have healthier teeth and less pain overall.
Risks for tooth wear will decrease, as well as other symptoms.