Nocturnal Teeth Grinding May Suggest a Sleep Disorder

teethTeeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism and is a common problem that leads to broken teeth, enamel damage, headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. The American Academy of Orofacial Pain defines bruxism as the diurnal or nocturnal parafunctional activity which includes clenching, gnashing, gritting and grinding of teeth.

Bruxism becomes of clinical significance when it leads to serious symptoms that may include teeth damage. The causes of teeth grinding have been identified as airway instability during sleep occasioned by conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea. Oksenberg and Arons demonstrated that treatment of OSA via CPAP therapy leads treatment of nocturnal bruxism previously observed in the patients.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.