Ashwin Gowda, MD -  - Sleep Medicine Specialist

Texas Sleep Medicine

Ashwin Gowda, MD

Sleep Medicine Specialist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Bruxism Specialist

In Austin, Texas, patients seeking help for Bruxism can count on Dr. Gowda and the team at Texas Sleep Medicine to get to the root of the issue and help put an end to teeth grinding.
    1. "Dr. Gowda is a pleasure to work with. He and his team are knowledgable and friendly."

    2. Piper S Google

    1. "The staff was great, very professional and welcoming."

    2. MJ C. Yelp

    1. "I drive from Round Rock to see Dr. Gowda, and I wouldn't change it for a minute."

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Bruxism Q & A

What is Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)?

Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition that is caused by the involuntary movement of jaw muscles and joints that grind or clench the upper and lower teeth together throughout the day or during sleep. In patients with sleep-related bruxism, the problem is harder to correct because of the various stages of sleep that cause repeated patterns of involuntary clenching and grinding of jaw muscles and joints that can cause severe and permanent damage to healthy teeth. The factors that increase the risk for developing sleep bruxism include obstructive sleep apnea, loud snoring, alcohol use, caffeine, and smoking.

What Are Teeth Grinding Symptoms?

The most common symptoms related to sleep bruxism include facial pain, headaches, and worn down teeth. If left uncorrected, prolonged grinding of teeth can cause severe damage to tooth nerves and enamel can trigger sharp painful discomfort. Among some of the other teeth grinding symptoms include:

  • Jaw or face pain and soreness
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to cold and hot
  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped, or loose
  • Indentations on tongue
  • Severe headaches originating from the temples
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, stress, and tension

How is Teeth Grinding Diagnosed?

Sleep-related bruxism can be diagnosed by conducting an oral exam to evaluate damage caused by prolonged grinding of teeth. During this examination, a doctor can evaluate potential damage by checking for tenderness in the jaw muscles, dental abnormalities like broken or missing teeth and poor tooth alignment, and by administering an X-ray to examine the underlying bone and inside of the cheek for abnormalities.

What Treatments Are Available for Sleep-Related Bruxism?

Diagnosing what causes teeth grinding can help determine the best treatment option. Depending on the root cause, treatments for bruxism include:

  • Psychological Treatment: Patients that grind their teeth during the day can treat this condition with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that treats underlying psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, and anger that can trigger bruxism.
  • Mouth Guards and Splints: In addition to limiting damage to the teeth, mouth guards can also help reduce grinding noises at night that can improve the overall quality of sleep for patients. A mouth splint can also help reduce damaging friction between upper and lower teeth. Also known as an occlusal splint or bite plate, a mouth splint can be custom-fitted to a patient’s mouth to prevent permanent damage to teeth during sleep.
  • Medication: While there is not a medication available that prevents grinding teeth, patients who experience painful discomfort can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. These types of medications help reduce gum and inflammation caused by swollen gums or jaw. Depending on the severity of the condition, a doctor may recommend antibiotics or other prescription-strength pain medications that will help reduce painful symptoms.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following providers, please contact our office to determine whether your specific plan is accepted. This list may be subject to change.

Averde Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Galaxy Healthcare PPO
Interplan Health Group PPO

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "The overnight testing was done carefully and professionally. Overall I had a very good experience."

    David T.
  • Yelp

    "TSM seemed to have a deeper understanding and broader offering of medications than any other Doc I saw, and I only wish I had started out with them"

    J. H.
  • Yelp

    "I've been seeing Dr. Gowda and Monique for at least 5 years, and I have only positive things to say about them."

    Margaret S.
  • Yelp

    " would definitely recommend TSM to anyone seeking treatment for Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders. Thanks Dr. G!"

    Paz S.
Texas Sleep Medicine
1221 West Ben White Boulevard, Suite A-100
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-440-5757
Fax: 512-440-5858
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