Are You a Nighttime Tooth Grinder? Here's How to Tell - and What to Do About It

Are You a Nighttime Tooth Grinder? Here's How to Tell - and What to Do About It

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| By Loran Simon

worried womanTeeth grinding is a sleep disorder and affects one in every ten individuals. The problem is also referred to as sleep bruxism which describes the gnashing and grinding of teeth during sleep. It is a repetitive, rhythmic and involuntary activity of the muscle in and around the mouth.

Teeth grinders will grind their teeth two or four times per hour during their sleep, according to Maria Clotilde Carra, a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at Rothschild Hospital. The cause of bruxism is not well known although the condition co-exists with other disorders such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, gastroesophageal reflux, obstructive sleep apnoea, sleep related epilepsy, restless led syndrome and autism.

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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.

The Somnowell mandibular advancement appliance is also recommended by:

  • Sleep Centres
  • ENT Surgeons, Sleep Physicians, Respiratory Physicians
  • Orthodontists, Dentists
  • General Medical Practitioners