Can muscle relaxers help treat bruxism?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, often occurs during sleep. In some cases, your dentist or physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. This can help to relax the jaw, as well as ease any stress or anxiety, which is a common cause of teeth grinding. Your dentist can also fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. 
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Muscle relaxants can help treat bruxism, but they are not considered to be as effective as other treatments, such as splints or mouth guards. When muscle relaxants are prescribed for bruxism, they will usually be prescribed to be taken before bed. In general, bruxism must be severe, and other types of treatments will have been tried first before muscle relaxants are prescribed.

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

If you notice that your teeth look worn or fractured, if you have unexplained facial pain, or headaches, you may have bruxism. This is an unconscious habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. Also common is sleep bruxism, where a ...

sleeper grinds his teeth. While mild cases may not need any treatment, more severe cases may be treated with a mouth guard or splint. Sometimes reducing stress or managing stress can help. The condition is more common in children, and they often grow out of it by their teens.
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