Cpap chinstrap and tmj

Could use of my chinstrap at night with my cpap machine be the cause of tmj? I am experiencing pain in my jaw, esp. when I bite down. Also, my ENT doctor cannot locate the cause of my hearing problem in my right ear, opposite my jaw pain on my left side. Could it be connected? Whom should I see professionally for my possible tmj (jaw pain)?

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Mar 13, 2018
CPAP Device designed? NEW
by: PaulB

It's 4 years after this original question was submitted and I'm wondering if the device you talk about has been designed? I had TMJ problems YEARS ago, but then went away. I've been on CPAP for at least a decade and on chin strap most of that. Lately though, I started having more Apnea events (I assume -- waking during the night with huge headache, like I hadn't breathed for awhile.) Assumed that I was opening my mouth despite the chin strap. To counter this, I got a wider chin strap and maybe have it a little tighter than what I used to. Now, the TMJ is back! Obviously, I'm looking for a solution that will solve BOTH problems!

Jun 10, 2012
Cpap and TMJ
by: Dr. Spainhower


If your chinstrap closes your mouth wear your teeth close together, especially your back teeth, then you definitely can experience jaw pain caused by the cpap. The jaw pain in the mornings is a good sign that your night time clenching or grinding is probably causing the pains.

I don't have a strong or good recommendation at this point to correct your situation with an OTC sleep apnea appliance.

I am currently in the process of designing a Sleep Apnea appliance which will Not cause TMJ jaw pains. But, that design is at least a year away from production.

I would recommend calling your dentist and ask if he/she can make you a "silent night" appliance. That will treat your sleep apnea and reduce the TMJ problems. Other sleep apnea appliances will increase the clenching and grinding and increase the possibility of jaw pains.

The OTC/internet snore guards that are available are effective...IF they fit your mouth. The problem is that they don't fit very many sizes of mouth. You have to have the same shape of mouth that the appliances were made for/from.

So, call your dentist for the silent night...that should work and you may not need to wear the cpap.


Dr. Spainhower

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