Stressed? Bad Headaches? It could be TMJ

Dr. Mike DeldarAbout Sleep Apnea, TMJLeave a Comment

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Stress and anxiety are natural responses to intense situations. While optimistic and positivity should be embraced in relation to COVID-19, the pandemic has understandable amplified stress and anxiety for many. The pressure can easily trigger physical ailments, such as headaches and migraines. However, you may be suffering a TMJ headache without even realizing. 

Chronic worry can contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, also known as TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorder is the improper function of your temporomandibular joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. This dysfunction can trigger headaches and migraines.

How Do You Know You’re Suffering from TMJ Headaches?

TMJ disorder can induce severe symptoms that feel like a terrible headache and/or migraines. How do you know you’re suffering from a TMJ headache? Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Pain or difficulty opening + closing your mouth
  • Clicking + popping sounds 
  • Inflamed and/or swollen jaw and facial muscles 
  • Dizziness that can come with nausea or vomiting
  • Ear pain or tinnitus

Ways You Can Soothe Stress + TMJ Headaches

While the symptoms of TMJ can be worrisome, there are potential treatments if you’re suffering from this condition. Your dentist in Noblesville, Dr. Deldar, may recommend one or more of the following treatments: 

Finding effective ways to relieve the stress can help reduce the amount of stress, tension and pressure your body endures as a result of emotional and mental strain. 

Here are a few simple exercises to help your body relax and ease the pain of a TMJ headache: 

  • Avoid eating hard foods 
  • Place a hot compress on your jaw joint for 10–15 minutes
  • Touch your tongue to the top of your mouth and slowly open and close your jaw. Repeat at least six times. 
  • Slowly slide the bottom of your jaw from left to right to help release tension
  • Try Buteyko Breathing exercises

Relieve Your Pain by Contacting Dr. Deldar

While you can certainly help ease your TMJ pain with the methods listed above, seeking support from your Noblesville Dentist at Deldar Dental will help you find a robust and long-term solution to healing your pain. When left improperly treated, TMJ can continue to worsen and amplify the pain you endure in your everyday life. You know that you deserve to live  without the constant interruption of a TMJ headache and instead be free to engage with your friends, family, work and other meaningful live events to your fullest capacity. 

Dr. Deldar is a Noblesville dentist skilled in developing personalized, holistic solutions for TMJ disorder. Dr. Deldar and his team at Deldar Dental are here to support you in your pursuit of a higher level of health and wellbeing. 

Call Dr. Deldar ot 317-208-0000 or schedule an online consultation to begin your journey to a healthier and happier version of you.

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