What is TMJ Pain?
People with sleep apnea also tend to have a problem with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is because both conditions can cause people to clench or grind their teeth, having negative consequences on the teeth and joints.
The TMJ is composed of the temporal bone, the lower jaw, and the disc. The lower jaw or mandible connects to the skull via the temporal bone at the temporomandibular joint, and sometimes, the disc can become displaced. When this happens, the muscles can stiffen, and your bite will feel misaligned.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with TMJ disorders include pain in the shoulders and neck, painful clicking noises in the jaw, headaches, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. Our expert can help reduce these symptoms by repositioning the jaw to decrease clicking and decompressing the painful nerves. You may also be prescribed a mouth guard to wear at night to lessen the effects of teeth grinding.