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Old 11-01-2006, 09:03 AM   #1
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Zoloft and clenching teeth

I have been on zoloft for about a month now. I have been unable to get a good night's sleep even though I take ambien and have been for a year, it just hasn't been as effective since I started the zoloft. One of the biggest changes I have noticed is the urge to clench my teeth. Apparently according to my dentist I am grinding my teeth at night too and have to get nightguard. Has anyone experienced this?

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Old 11-02-2006, 06:45 AM   #2
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Re: Zoloft and clenching teeth

Did your dentist say it could be TMJ? I have noticed that I clench my teeth much more when I am stressed or tired.

I have had the same sleep problem for several years now but refuse to let my doctor prescribe something because I have a 5 yr old who has nightmares and fear not being able to wake up if she needs me. I can't really help much with that. Perhaps you should ask the doctor if the two medicines could interact with each other.

Old 11-15-2006, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: Zoloft and clenching teeth

jaw clenching is a common occurrence with any SSRI (Paxil, Lexapro, Zoloft, etc). Doesn't say it's a side effect, but if you look on the internet you will see many people have that problem. A lot of dental websites will mention teeth grinding and say that often taking an antidepressent is what causes it.

I took Paxil 5 years ago for about a year and I had jaw clenching. I've just gone on Zoloft and it's doing the same thing. Often doctors will prescribe Buspar along with the SSRI to help combat the clenching and grinding.

Your dentist can make a nightguard for you, but some of them are expensive. My sister wears a nightguard. She finds she still clenches her teeth and grinds, but it doesn't wear down her teeth since they are rubbing against the nightguard.

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