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Can muscle relaxants prevent teeth grinding?

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Dr. Honey Arora

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Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 in Dental Health
Question: I am having a feeling of fullness, sensitivity to certain sounds, and loss of hearing. I think the symptoms are due to grinding my teeth heavily at night. I wear a night guard but my dentist said I wore through the night guard fast and said he was shocked by how many deep bite marks it had.

The symptoms are primarily in the right ear but occasionally in the left ear. They started about 3 ½ weeks ago and have been getting worse. My ENT did several tests and said this is a sensorineural not a conductive hearing loss issue. He described it as a nerve issue. He said my hearing is the same as a few years ago in the left ear, though it is significantly worse in the right ear. The left ear is sensitive to sounds and sometimes feels full even though the hearing is OK. The ENT prescribed Prednisone for 12 days.

My main question is, do I need a muscle relaxant to stop my teeth grinding? I’m pretty sure this is a stress response. I just bought a house, which was a very stressful decision, and I’ve also been having more caffeine than usual. I stopped the caffeine today though. I know teeth grinding can be due to sleep apnea but I am pretty sure I do not have any of the symptoms of sleep apnea.
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Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 52 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Reducing stress can help.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Your teeth grinding problem seems to be more severe recently due to anxiety only. Yes, treating anxiety and stress can relieve to a pretty good level.

Muscle relaxant can help to some extent but not a lot. This is because muscle relaxant cannot treat anxiety.

You should consult a Psychotherapist and discuss. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help in improvement.

Also, you should start doing Meditation and deep breathing exercises. Doing yoga can be beneficial.
Eat light meals at night.

Can you please tell that how much is your body weight?
Do you grind your teeth in sleep or during the day when awake also?

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Honey Arora 1 hour later
Thank you for your message. I'm pretty sure I grind only at night. I am 5'5" and 135 pounds.
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Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 13 hours later
Brief Answer:

Follow the above mentioned instructions.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Your weight seems fine.

Follow the instructions as I advised you.

You will get better.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Honey Arora, Dentist
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