5. Bruxism and TMJ
If you’re grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep at night, this is putting significant strain on your jaw joints and the connecting muscles and tissues. Since the tissue in this area span across your entire face, it can cause headaches and migraines when you wake up in the morning. In severe cases of bruxism, people can develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition that causes a dysfunctional jaw joint. Both bruxism and TMJ can cause people to wake up with headaches in the morning. If you have a sore jaw, face pain, clogged ears, or tinnitus, it’s a good idea to seek an evaluation from a TMJ dentist. Some people only need to wear a night guard at night to stop clenching and grinding, while others might require TMJ treatment.
On the other hand, patients tend to clench or grind their teeth following an apneic event to stabilize their airway which can result in TMJ, headaches, and muscle pain. We recommend oral appliance therapy after the patients take a home sleep test to treat the apneic events that cause the bruxism in the first place. A lot of our patients don’t even know they have obstructive sleep apnea because they don’t have the common symptoms like snoring, or they have a healthy body weight. If you’re suffering from bruxism or TMJ, we highly recommend visiting our practice for an evaluation and for a home sleep test. You might require oral appliance therapy to treat the route cause of your TMJ or bruxism.