The campaign, launched by The Bruxism Association, is designed to get people talking about what is a little known and yet surprisingly common (and sometimes severe) sleeping disorder.
To kick-start publicity for the week, The Bruxism Association has conducted a survey to explore just how effective hypnotherapy is for people suffering with bruxism. According to the results, a staggering 91% of respondents did not even know that hypnotherapy was a recognised treatment for bruxism. The bruxism patients who had tried hypnotherapy, however, believed it to be an effective treatment for their condition.
Although bruxism affects a fairly substantial 8-10% of the population, many still remain unaware of the condition.
Behind insomnia and snoring, Bruxism, or teeth-grinding, is the 3rd most common sleep disorder in the UK. It occurs when sleeping individuals clamp or clench their jaw closed with a grinding motion. This can cause disruptive side effects such as jaw ache, headaches, damaged teeth and loss of sleep for both the sufferer and, if they have one, their partner. Bruxism can also cause chewed tissue on the inside of the cheek, tooth sensitivity and indentations on the tongue.
Proven therapy aside from hypnotherapy includes occlusal splints and mandibular advancement devices (devices for oral use).
Bruxism can occur in both children and adults but is most commonly found to effect 25-44 year olds.
If you would like to know more about bruxism and how hypnotherapy could help, please visit out factsheet on bruxism.
To find out more about Bruxism Awareness Week 2011, please visit The Bruxism Association website.