Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Stop Tooth Grinding

Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 11:35 AM


Question: What can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?


Dr. Hibberd’s Answer:

Assuming your bite is correct, a nighttime bite plate or removable appliance will provide simple and effective control of your grinding. Your dentist can assist you with this.

This is a very common problem, and very little else can be offered unless some other cause for your grinding is present that may respond to medical management. A sleep lab could be useful if pinpointing the cause for grinding is difficult.
I have seen cases of sleep apnea that present as tooth grinding, so be sure to also consult your doctor for a general review of your health.

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