Friday, April 27, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — Botox may help prevent teeth grinding at night, results from a small study suggest.
In the study, patients with nighttime teeth grinding, or nocturnal bruxism, who were given Botox injections reported greater improvement in their condition compared to those given a placebo.
The findings suggest Botox could be used to treat nighttime teeth grinding, a common condition for which there is no established treatment, said study researcher Dr. William Ondo, a professor of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Although dental guards are used to prevent damage to teeth, they do not prevent the grinding itself, Ondo said.
However, larger studies are needed to confirm the results, Ondo said. The new study was presented here Wednesday (April 25) at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.