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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Clenched jaw at night ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/8/13 10:14 AM

DH is going through a phase of clenching his teeth at night. I am going to pick him up a OTC night guard to try until he gets to his dentist, but I seem to recall a set of exercises I did at some time in the distant past. I have found some online intended for TMJ - any other advice?

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Date: 6/8/13 10:17 AM

I don't have an answer, but I'll be watching this thread. I have an intermittent TMJ problem, from an accident years ago.




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Date: 6/8/13 10:27 AM

Joan - Here is a link to the exercises I found. Can't hurt to give them a try. I have also been told years ago to always use TUTALC (tongue up, teeth apart, lips closed) to relax the jaw. I keep forgetting about it, but I bet if used many times through the day it would help. I have given these both to DH, but he would prefer something "instant". Guys like the magic bullet and of course, don't do anything about a problem until, in the words of my physio "the wheels come completely off."

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Date: 6/8/13 10:58 AM

I am a bruxer. I needed to have all my teeth capped due to years of wearing them down because of this.

Does he snore?

One thing I found out about myself is that I clenched my teeth to prevent my jaw falling backward which caused sleep apnea.

An OTC guard is a good idea. After having all my dental work done, I am using somnomed appliance to prevent sleep apnea and protect my teeth. Not sexy--but it works.

Here's an ad for dentists for somnomed: just to give you an idea what this is.

I think there are lots of other companies who offer this kind of device.

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Date: 6/8/13 11:18 AM

DH does snore some, but I apparently snore more than he does now! LOL I am not waking up in the night hearing him snore anymore and I don't think he has ever had any cases of apnea. Of course the occasional one over the years due to a bad dream etc., but nothing I am concerned about. He does have trouble staying asleep these days, so if we can't solve it, I will suggest we look at apnea.

DD has a night guard from her dentist for grinding and says it works very well, so I am hoping it will do the trick for him, as well.

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Date: 6/8/13 11:48 AM

I use a temp night guard at night and have for 18 months. I had no idea I clamped my teeth so hard at night. Before I got the temp guard, I clamped so hard I moved a new crown out of the spot it should be in. Now I have this 'space' between 2 of my lower right teeth, that I call the Grand Canyon. Everything gets caught in that thing. I can't get a new crown until Jan, as it has to be 5 years.

I occasionally forget to put the guard in at night. When I do, I wake up clinched and sore. I put it in and it relaxes my jaws. I do not want a perm one yet. I get a custom made temp one that lasts me a year or more from my dentist for $50. That will do for now and for years. The perm ones are very expensive.

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Date: 6/8/13 11:50 AM

Thank you!

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Date: 6/8/13 12:05 PM

During a very stressful time a few years ago I got the TMJ diagnosis and went to physical therapy where they showed me exercises and game me massage which was helpful. What helped most though was being aware of my shoulder and jaw tension during the day and consciously relaxing. Sometimes when I woke at night I would find the tension and would relax. That and getting away from the stressful time made the tmj diminish. Sometimes it visits again when I get anxious or stressed but it never stays.

Last week I had a nasty cold and spent lots of time lying on the couch watching hulu and netflix. One of the most interesting shows was one on Hulu about tooth grinding in a series called "Remedy Me". Very positive and informative shows in that series.

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Date: 6/8/13 12:10 PM

Thanks -- is THIS the same video? I can't access that Hulu one from Canada.

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Date: 6/8/13 12:18 PM

Yes, that's it! Do I remember correctly that the series is made in Canada?

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