Symptoms like jaw pain, aching facial pain, and frequent headaches may be indicative of a jaw joint (TMJ) disorder. The headaches in particular can be pretty difficult to deal with regularly, let alone when you’re trying to sleep. However, we can provide relief here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, so if you’ve been suffering from headaches and other symptoms of a TMJ disorder, read on and reach out to us today!
Can headaches be a symptom of a TMJ disorder?
They definitely can be, yes. Headaches are really common in people, but most people don’t know how commonly headaches are caused by a TMJ disorder. In fact, over 35 million Americans have a TMJ disorder, but so many of them attribute their symptoms to a busy, stressful life, so they never learn that they have a TMJ disorder.
If you have headaches regularly, then pay attention to your other symptoms too, as they may hint at a TMJ disorder. Some of the other common symptoms of a TMJ disorder can be:
- Problems with talking and chewing
- Pain, popping, and/or clicking in the jaw
- Pain, ringing, or congestion in the ears
- Pain behind the eyes
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Sensitivity in the teeth to heat or cold
- Pain in and around the face
- Difficulty swallowing or sore throat
- Lacking mobility or having stiffness in the neck
If you have some of the problems above, you may want to see a professional and ask about whether you may have a TMJ disorder.
So what do TMJ headaches feel like?
One of the main symptoms of a TMJ disorder is headaches that tend to be frequent. These headaches may feel like any other headache or like a tension headache, but they tend to occur and recur in one or more regions of the head and/or face. You may also feel facial tightness/pain, or jaw tightness/pain/clicking. You might also experience a change in your bite. If any of that describes the headaches you’ve been having, then you really should see a professional about it.
How do you treat TMJ headaches?
Some lifestyle changes can help in some minor cases, but because the underlying issue is an actual disorder, it’s often necessary to seek professional treatment. Here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we can teach you TMJ massages, stretches, and other exercises that relieve TMJ tension and stress. In doing so, symptoms are relieved significantly and everyday pain can be relieved too. However, these exercises may not be adequate in relieving your symptoms, so another method of treatment may be necessary.
At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we use oral appliance therapy which can be especially effective at treating TMJ disorders and thus relieving symptoms like TMJ headaches. Oral appliance therapy is actually proven to treat TMJ disorders, and quite often patients will get immediate relief. In fact, our patients experience an average of a 50% improvement of jaw pain and headaches within the first week of treatment, and within three months, they’re 90% symptom-free!
We’d be very happy to tell you more about oral appliance therapy and our exercises for treating TMJ disorder and TMJ headaches. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call today at (855) 977-0400. If you like, we can get you in for a consultation at one of our clinics in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, or Wisconsin. You can visit our Locations page for the location nearest you. We look forward to speaking with or seeing you soon here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders!