As many as 15% of people grind their teeth in their sleep. It is a condition called nocturnal bruxism, and no one knows its exact cause or how to treat it. However, the recent efforts of Dr. William Ondo, professor of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, have shown indications of a way to possibly stop this dangerous behavior.
In a small study, Dr. Ondo concluded that botox injections to the temple and jaw can reduce nighttime jaw clenching. Patients who received the botox injections reported an improvement in their condition.
While botox is not yet an FDA approved treatment, it can be used to treat bruxism “off label.” Dr. Ondo has been suggesting it to his patients for years.
Bruxism can lead to jaw pain and headaches. If you are in need of an oral health professional, contact the Austin dentists of Bridgeview Dental by calling 512-347-8299.