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Do medications treat bruxism?

Typically, other methods of treating bruxism are tried before medication. Botox may help when treatments such as splints and mouth guards have failed. Sometimes, muscle relaxants are prescribed for use before bed, or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs are given.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, often occurs during sleep and can be caused by stress or anxiety. In some cases, your dentist or physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. 

There are many non-medication treatments that can be tried first. If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and exercise can all help reduce stress and anxiety. Your dentist can also fit you with a mouthguard to protect teeth from grinding.
There are some medications that have been shown to reduce sleep bruxism. Several have significant side effects so they are not routinely recommended.

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