Hypnosis can be effective to help sufferers of bruxism
Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding or teeth clenching and is a common problem that affects up to 30% of the population. This behaviour, which often (but not always) occurs during sleep, may cause minimal symptoms, but sometimes effects are serious. People may grind their teeth without it causing any problems, but long-term teeth grinding can cause pain in the jaw and can wear down teeth.
Bruxism affects sufferers in many ways such as headaches, earache, jaw pain and insomnia as well as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) or tooth damage.
Dentists can provide teeth guards but some people find these uncomfortable. Other steps include relaxation exercises and changes in habits to improve sleep. Working to address the cause of stress or anxiety can be beneficial in helping reduce teeth grinding as well as other stress related symptoms.
Hypnotherapy can prove helpful for those with underlying emotional problems or stress and many believe that this is a good approach. Most hypnotherapists work in private practice, but the NHS may offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to patients experiencing anxiety.
The causes of bruxism can be complex and there isn't one perfect treatment that works for everyone, but hypnosis can be effective to help sufferers with stress and anxiety and a hypnotherapist can also include suggestions for habit change during hypnosis.
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About Lorraine Mcreight
Lorraine McReight is an award-winning hypnotherapist with a therapy and training centre in Wimbledon, SW London. She is the principal of The London Hypnotherapy Academy and is the editor of the professional journal, Hypnoversity. She is also the development director of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) in March 2015.