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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