How do Antidepressants Cause Bruxism?

Bruxism is an involuntary activity of the jaw musculature characterized by jaw clenching, bracing, gnashing, and grinding of the teeth. Antidepressants induced bruxism is an under-recognized adverse events.

In the following 2 minute video, I will summarize the mechanism behind antidepressants induced bruxism side effect:

MECHANISM: ANTIDEPRESSANTS INDUCED BRUXISM
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ANTIDEPRESSANTS & RISK OF BRUXISM:

This chapter will discuss this topic in the following five sections:

(1) What is Bruxism & Why is Early recognition important?

(2) Predisposing factors for antidepressant induced bruxism.

(3) Underlying mechanism behind antidepressant induced bruxism.

(4) Antidepressants with high risk of bruxism: which to avoid?

(5) Management of antidepressant induced bruxism:

  • Which medications to add after failure of occlusal guard and/or lowering antidepressant doses?

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