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Sleep Issues and ADHD

Teeth grinding -Bruxism - sleep disorder

Has anyone with teeth grinding at night been able to find something that helps? I’ve tried hard braces and had to go and look for them every morning - they simply did not stay in my mouth. Every time I would fall asleep it would be OUT when I would wake up. In physical therapy they told me I needed to CALM DOWN and spend time teaching myself to CALM DOWN or they can’t help me. (Like that is going to happen… :-(  )
I have found a soft brace that does stay in my mouth when I’m sleeping, but when I misplace it and can’t find it, my teeth break. (I’ve already had to have 5 root canals, 1 implant and one tooth needs to be pulled because I bit it to pieces). My Trigeminus nerve in the left side of my face has been acting up for three years and I’m pretty much at my wit’s end.
Has anyone had any success with this? Something new to try?


Sorry to hear how hard this has ben for you. I wear a mouth guard at night.

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Posted by Mitzi McPike on Oct 02, 2016 at 3:20am

First get checked out for sleep apnea.  It could be the root cause for your grinding.  If you don’t have sleep apnea (which can be corrected).  Then get a fitted bite (or night) guard.  You can google bite guard to see what is offered.  Avoid the soft, flexible ones as you will go through those very quickly.

Posted by Sandman2 on Oct 05, 2016 at 5:59am

i would definitely try a night guard if you can - they can make them at the dentist. I just paid $400 for mine so be prepared for the price - they can probably break it down into payments or file it through insurance (if you have it).

And also try to figure out what is causing it.  I had the same problem a few months ago and needed to come off of strattera.  Apparently it can be a neurological side effect of some of the ADHD meds.

Yoga or regular exercise is likely to help too.  It is just important to establish a routine because you are more likely to stick with it.  I like going to group classes or going with a friend - because otherwise i make excuses!!

I have a lot of anxiety and recently started taking this:  I think it helps but it took 3-4 weeks to see a difference.  If you start a supplement you will want to check with your doctor because many of them interact with other medications or cause side effects.  I have experienced this personally so check with your doc!

Also seeing a psychiatrist or cognitive behavioral therapist may help to reduce stress =) I hope this helps you!

Posted by Kennan on Oct 05, 2016 at 2:04pm

I too had a custom mouth guard made from my dentist $674 (not covered by insurance).

I actually thought 4 years ago I didn’t need it anymore after I had neurofeedback treatment and no longer had chronic anxiety or raced around like the tazmanian devil.

I am as relaxed as I can possibly be yet I still clenched my teeth at night. So it will probably be something you have to manage and investing in a custom made mouth guard is definitely the way to go.

We have no control over what our body does when we sleep and I deifnitely find that humbling.


Posted by Mitzi McPike on Oct 05, 2016 at 3:27pm

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