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There is a high prevalence of nocturnal teeth grinding (bruxism) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, particularly in Caucasians, according to new research.
The research, presented at CHEST 2009–the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians–found that nearly one in four patients with OSA suffers from nighttime teeth grinding. This seems to be especially more prevalent in men and in Caucasians compared with other ethnic groups.
It is estimated that 8% of the general U.S. population suffers from bruxism, a condition frequently associated with a preexisting dental or jaw disorders, as well as stress.
"The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and sleep bruxism is usually related to an arousal response," said Shyam Subramanian, MD, FCCP, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. "The ending of an apneic event may be accompanied by a number of mouth phenomena, such as snoring, gasps, mumbles, and teeth grinding.