Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching the jaw. While most people will grind their teeth on some occasion, without any complications, persistent teeth grinding can result in dental damage, headaches and earache.
Stress and anxiety are often linked to teeth grinding, but hypnotherapy can help.
What typically causes teeth-grinding is unclear, but common causes include stress and anxiety, sleep apnoea and lifestyle factors (such as excessive alcohol drinking, too much caffeine, smoking and recreational drugs).
The effects of bruxism will vary for each individual, depending on the severity of the problem. Short-term effects include earache, headache, sleep problems, inflamed or receding gums and facial myalgia (aching facial muscles and jaw). Long-term effects can include dental damage and breakage and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Hypnotherapy for teeth-grinding
If you suspect you are suffering from bruxism, it is important to visit your dentist or GP. They will be able to identify what damage has already been caused and together you can discuss the available treatment options.
Hypnotherapy has been found to be an effective treatment for teeth-grinding as the actions are unconscious. Using the power of suggestion, your hypnotherapist will work to change your thought patterns and behaviours associated with bruxism.
When you have found a hypnotherapist that resonates with you, you can simply email them to book a consultation. If you’re not sure where to start, you can learn more about hypnotherapy on our FAQs page and take a look at our expert articles for more information.
During the session, you will be guided into a deep, relaxed state. When entering this state, your unconscious is more susceptible to new behaviours and suggestion. When looking at stress and anxiety-related issues, the hypnotherapist can help you understand what is causing the problem.
Hypnotherapy can also teach you ways to cope with potentially stressful situations. When your mind knows how to cope and react to these stress-inducing scenarios, you may also notice the symptoms and complications of bruxism easing as a result.