Bruxism is the medical term used by doctors for teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw. Most people have the tendency to grind their teeth to a degree, without any signs of symptoms or complications. However, should the teeth grinding be persistent, it can lead to dental damage, headaches and earaches.
The teeth grinding action that happens with bruxism is mostly unconscious. This is why hypnotherapy Adelaide for bruxism can be effective. How so? It's a therapy that works at the unconscious level. Plus, stress and anxiety are often linked to teeth grinding, and those two problems can be addressed with hypnotherapy.
Bruxism affects around 8-10% of the population. Characterized by jaw clenching and teeth grinding, bruxism can lead to serious dental damage and even jaw problems. The condition is also classified into two categories – awake bruxism and sleep bruxism.
Awake bruxism, as the name suggests, happens when you're awake. Usually, there's no teeth grinding involved, just jaw clenching in response to certain stimuli. On the other hand, sleep bruxism happens when you're sound asleep, and it generally involves both grinding and jaw muscle contractions.
The condition is then further broken down into primary and secondary bruxism. The former happens without any prior medical condition, while the latter takes place when another medical of psychiatric condition is present.
For instance, secondary bruxism can be associated with medications, recreational drugs and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Hypnosis for Bruxism
If you suspect that you're suffering from bruxism, visit a dentist or a doctor first. They'll be able to see if the grinding/clenching has caused any damage to your teeth. They'll also discuss your treatment options. As part of your treatment plan, you may want to consider hypnosis for bruxism.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching happens unconsciously, whether you're asleep or awake. To get to the root cause of the problem, hypnosis can help by putting you in a deeply relaxed state. During this time, your unconscious mind is open to suggestions. If the right ones are made, they can rid you of the cause of your bruxism.