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Old 04-30-2003, 08:27 PM   #1
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Post Anyone found help for clenching??

Hi there!I was wondering if anyone has used Splintek device,or knows how to stop night clenching.The Dr. that made my splint said he doesn't know how to stop clenching,and to just wear the splint at night.Sometimes I clench down on the splint in my sleep and wake up in more pain!Other than that,it works great!

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Old 04-30-2003, 09:10 PM   #2
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Former Chronic Teeth-Clencher here!

This is what I do to combat teeth clenching, and to this day, I wake up without headaches or pain of any kind.

Diet: No caffeine, alcohol, fastfood, fried food, sugar, saturated fats.

Herbs: Rhodiola and Kava Kava for stress relief, Chamomile tea before bed.

Stress Management: 30 minutes of meditation/deep breathing at night, I use my "sounds of nature" CD for this.

Vitamins/Minerals: 1500mg of Calcium and Magnesium,
500mg of B5(Pantothenic Acid) daily, and 2oz. of Seasilver liquid vitamin daily.

Exercise: At least two days of INTENSE exhaustive exercise per week, to relieve stress.

Lifestyle: I take a bath before bed instead of a quick shower, for relaxation.

It's quite a bit, but I had SEVERE pain "ALL DAY LONG!!!" It's been two and half months, and the clenching is no more!

I know the pain your in, and there is hope. You can stop the clenching, if you really decide to make the changes.

Old 05-01-2003, 05:36 AM   #3
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look into the NTI device, search on the web---many people including the dentist and his wife that created it found relief by using it.

-i am also a clencher, a splint worn at night --if it has many contact points--especially in the back, can create a perfect platform to clench and can actually
increase the forces during a clench than when not wearing one.

-also, make sure you sleep on your back.
-try a glass of red wine at night, it relaxes my clenching.
-i am on a 30 test of .5 mg of klonopin to act as a
muscle relaxant.
--try electrical muscle or tens stimulation which can
tire the muscles to lessen the clenching.

--find an expert on tmj, the doctor that told you "i
dont know how to stop someone from clenching" is not a doctor that should be treating tmj.


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Hi NerfHead: Those are great suggestions, but taking Kava Kava worries me b/c it can cause liver damage. Sue

Old 05-01-2003, 02:28 PM   #5
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Hi there Nerf!Wow!That sounds great.I'll try as many of those things as possible.I appreciate those ideas!I was curious about Seasilver.My former chiropractor suggested that over Coral Calcium.I have two bottles of Coral that I don't use now.I use Natural Calm magnesium powder.Can that be mixed with Seasilver and my other supplements? Hi GJA!Thank you also.What is electrical muscle stimulation?You're right about the Dr.I can't find a TMJ Specialist.I need one to help me with the things that come along with TMJ.(like clenching,muscle pain,.......),not just give me a splint.So,the NTI device would be worth buying?You know how it is,when I saw it,I was scared to buy it without getting some opinions.You have heard success?Thanks a bunch!!!

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Old 05-01-2003, 03:24 PM   #6
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I did some research for Kava Kava and liver damage. Some of the studies performed in Europe were flawed since the patients tested also drank alcohol along with taking Kava, and most of the studies failed to provide specific cases where Kava was directly linked to taking Kava. Also there were many in the US, that were NOT related to the herb industry that found the European study to be "bad science". However, because of the controversy, I've decided to look for a Kava substitute, just in case!

Thanks for the info Sue.

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I take my calcium in the form of the Coral Calcium, and I use the Seasilver as my general multivitamin.

Also, because of what Sue posted, it would be wise to look for a safer "herb, supplement, etc.." for relaxation, instead of Kava Kava.

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