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Pain Medications and Muscle Relaxants
If you are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, it may be possible to treat your symptoms with pain medications and muscle relaxants. Many of these can be purchased over-the-counter and do not require a written prescription. If the over-the-counter medications do not correct the problem, your dentist may prescribe stronger pain relievers. Chronic or persistent pain or joint movement issues may require additional treatments and your dentist at Village Park Dental will provide a treatment plan designed to address your specific issue.
Application of Moist Heat to Relax Muscles
Applying moist heat using a heat pack, heated water bottle, or towel soaked in warm water can relax muscles and reduce the stress associated with TMJ disorder symptoms. Jaw exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles may also provide relief. In addition, occasionally lifestyle changes such as eliminating teeth clenching or grinding and correcting habits such as nail biting may also help.
Relaxing and exercising the jaw muscles can also contribute to eliminating TMJ disorder symptoms. You dentist a Village Dental Center can provide you with specific jaw exercises designed to increase mobility of the jaw and reduce muscle stresses.
TENS - Advanced Technology Head and Neck Muscle Relaxation Technique
(Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation)
Treatment of TMJ disorders involves relaxing muscles associated with TMJ. This is accomplished using various relaxation methods including the TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) method. This technique uses electrical pulses to stimulate jaw and associated muscles to essentially massage themselves. This stimulation causes the muscles themselves to relax, move, and generate heat which together relieves pain, loosens stiffness, and improves jaw mobility. During a one hour treatment, the patient can read, relax, or even sleep.