Many Symptoms can Manifest as Part of TMJ Disorder

If you are someone who identifies herself or himself as "having TMJ", chances are you have one or more of the symptoms shown below. It is not uncommon for any combination of these symptoms to manifest together as part of TMJD.

TMJ symptoms diagram: Heaches, migraine, sinus, shooting pain, scalp pain, ear problems, hissing, uzzing, ringing, decreasing hearing, ear pain without infection, itchy ears, virtigo, dizziness, pain behind eyes, bloodshot eyes, eyes bulge out, sensitive to slunlight, jaw problems, clicking or popping jaw joints, grating sounds, pain in cheek muscles, uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements, mouth discomfort, mimited ability to open mouth, inability ot open smoothly, jaw deviates to one side, jaw locks shut or open, can't find bite, swallowing difficulties, laryngitis, sore throat no infection, voice irregularities or changes, frequent coughing or constant clearing of throat, feeling of foreign object in throat constantly, neck problems, upper back problems, neck pain, back pain, tires sore muscles, whoulder aches, bachaches, arm and finger numbness and/or pain



All of the Above TMJ Symptoms Can Come from Nighttime Teeth Clenching

Nighttime teeth grinding and clenching puts pressure on the trigeminal nerve, which runs through the tempormandibular joint. Pressure put on the nerve from clenching is far more damaging than pressure from chewing, so if you clench hard while you grind, or if you clench without grinding, many of the above symptoms can result.


Trigeminal nerve, sinus, eyes, sensory, motor, roots of teeth, sinuses
The Trigeminal Nerve runs through the tempormandibular joint. Clenching puts pressure on the TM joint and thus on the nerve. The three branches of the nerve can cause sensation in eyes, sinuses, jaw, ears, and face.


How Much Teeth Grinding and Clenching do You do in Your Sleep?


Most people have no idea how much teeth grinding and clenching they do in their sleep. People with no TMJ disorder symptoms typically clench less than 5 seconds per night. People with many TMJ disorder symptoms or severe TMJ disorder symptoms typically clench between 20 seconds per night and 350 seconds per night. You can use the SleepGuard biofeedback headband in silent mode as an EMG measurement headband to track how much you clench and grind your teeth at night. It is recommended that you measure for at least three nights to get a good average of your baseline clenching.


Stooping Teeth Clenching - The Foundation of TMJ Treatment


Whatever path anyone chooses to treat TMJ disorder, vastly reducing or eliminating nighttime teeth clenching is essential. Without at least greatly reducing nighttime teeth clenching, the ongoing stress on the tempormandibular joint, the jaw muscles, and the roots of the teeth from clenching will continue to ring about the head, ear, eye, jaw, neck, throat, jaw, and teeth problems shown above.


How Dentists Try to Reduce Nighttime Teeth Grinding and Clenching


The TMJ tools of the trade in dentistry typically include mouth guards and other types of oral splints (including repositioning splints and physical biofeedback splints such as the NTI), drugs that have neurological interactions, and Botox. The idea behind the mouth guards and splints is two-fold: 1) Stop enamel wear during grinding, and 2) change the sensation of clenching in a way that hopefully decreases the addictive behavior.


In 2010, the average cost of a dentist-made custom mouth guard or splint was about $750. The problem is, that on the average, people say that mouth guards and splints don't help to reduce their TMJ suffering very much. The reason is that most people continue to clench on the mouth guard or splint.


Biofeedback vs. Mouth Guards and Splints for Reducing Nighttime Clenching


Comparison of efficacy of nighttime biofeedback vs mouth guards  & splints
Nighttime biofeedback was rated "significantly" helpful by over three times the percentage of people who rated mouth guards or splints significantly helpful.


The results of a 200-person on-line survey of TMJ sufferers is shown above. While about 75% of people found mouth guards and splints at least somewhat helpful, about one in eight people found they made their TMJ problems worse. Only about one in eight people find a mouth guard or splint to be very helpful.


The results for nighttime biofeedback are much better. About 85% of people find nighttime biofeedback at least somewhat helpful, and almost 50% find it very helpful.


Nighttime biofeedback with the SleepGuard biofeedback headband is free to try. The average dentist-made mouth guard or splint, on the other hand, costs $750 to try, and has no money-back guarantee.


Woman wearing SleepGuard biofeedback headband while sleeping
The SleepGuard biofeedback headband detects when you clench in your sleep, and keeps track of the number of times you clench, and the total amount of time you clench.



Everyone Deserves A Way Out Of Pain


As far as we know, the SleepGuard biofeedback headband is not only the most effective tool in the world for eliminating the cause of TMJ pain, it is also the only product in the world that addresses the root cause of TMJ disorder which can be tried for free, so order yours today, and look forward to waking up pain-free, and feeling good all day.


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