Tooth grinding and sleep apnoea

Helping you get a good night’s sleep

According to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association more than half of the UK population suffers from sleep problems at some time in their lives and experienced Danson Park dentist, Dr Forouzan Pessian, says one of the causes could be tooth grinding.

Dr Pessian, whose practice is located in Bexleyheath, says that poor sleep can be caused by many factors including lifestyle, illness or environmental noise, such as a snoring partner. There are more than 80 recognised sleep disorders, and two of the most common are bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) and snoring.

Many people don’t associate poor sleep with a dental issue. But bruxism can cause all sorts of problems from headaches on waking, earache, jaw or facial pain and signs of wear and tear on the teeth, to tooth sensitivity and broken fillings.

Please don’t suffer in silence as we can help. At your next dental appointment, ask us about special splints and mouth guards that can be made to relieve the symptoms of snoring and bruxism to help you enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Many people who snore suffer from a lack of quality sleep time leading to irritability and lack of concentration. Snorers will be pleased to hear that remedies have moved on considerably from the well-known ‘ball in the back’ and gargling with boiled sage and garlic!

Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population and can cause tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headaches on waking. It occurs in both children and adults but is most common in 25-44 year olds.

Anti-Snoring Solutions

Anti-snoring solutions include hypnotherapy and custom-made, lightweight mouthpieces that are clinically proven to help reduce snoring. Patients’ lives have been transformed by trying these specially designed systems.

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that runs National Stop Snoring Week every year and is dedicated to helping people to get a good night’s sleep.

If you would like more information about sleep problems, please call the Danson Park team on 020 8303 3726 or email