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Snapping teeth together in sleep

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meanttobeworking
Corporal Snorer
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Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by meanttobeworking » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:32 pm

Hi, I was diagnosed with OSA coming up for two years ago, and have used my CPAP every night since I got it.

In the last nine months, I’ve found that on occasion, when I’m asleep or just dropping off to sleep, my jaw bites together suddenly, smashing my teeth together and waking me up. It doesn’t seem to be bruxism/grinding, it’s a one-off banging together in a much more forceful way than I think I could do consciously.

Has anyone had any similar experiences? I’m concerned that one night I’m going to break a tooth and have an emergency dentist trip.

Nuneatonman37
Sergeant Snorer
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Re: Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by Nuneatonman37 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:56 pm

Hi ,
You will find it is linked to bruxism and osa.
Go to your dentist and ask him to make you a custom gum shield for your top teeth.
My dentist did it for free on the NHS and it did sort the problem out .
I no longer use the gum shield or cpap .

It’s worth a chat with your dentist on the problem .

Kind Regards,

meanttobeworking
Corporal Snorer
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Re: Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by meanttobeworking » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:16 pm

Thanks for the reply, I’ll look into that.

How did you get off the CPAP?

Nuneatonman37
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Re: Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by Nuneatonman37 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:21 am

I lost 5 stone 4lb in weight in 7 months with Slimming World and cured my sleep apnoea.

Regards,

Nuneatonman37
Sergeant Snorer
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Re: Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by Nuneatonman37 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:16 am

It was quite funny how i was diagnosed for bruxism,

I had been complaining of bad ear pain and pain in the side of my head and the top of my head and went to the gp who said all was fine ,
The symptoms continued so decided to pay privately to see an ENT consultant and when i saw him he looked in my ears then said that he knew exactly what my problem was and pressed my jaw where it hinges at the ear (boy did it hurt when he pressed there) he then declares that im clenching/grinding my teeth in my sleep and need a gum shield .
He did send me for hearing tests and a brain scan and they came back all ok, so his diagnosis was correct .

I found that the bruxism occurred at times when my stress levels were high .

I hope this helps ,

Regards,

meanttobeworking
Corporal Snorer
Posts: 18
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:28 am

Re: Snapping teeth together in sleep

Post by meanttobeworking » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:08 am

Well done on the weight loss, I’d like to think I can do the same.

Mine definitely occurs when I’m stressed or extremely tired.

I appreciate your replies, they’ve really helped.

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