TMJ and problems during daytime

Hi, I was wondering if you could advise me on the best way to treat the problem that I'm having. I have had TMJ-like symptoms for decades, but I have never seen a professional for it.

I grind my teeth when I am sleeping, and I have for a number of years although I don't know how frequently this occurs. When I wake up, however, I don't notice any jaw pain.

The problem that I'm having that is far more debilitating is that when I get upset (irritated, angry, etc.), I almost immediately begin to experience pain in my jaw (the muscle, I think, rather than the joint). Maybe I am unconsciously clenching my teeth, I don't know, but I will say that it comes on very suddenly. The pain has been known to last 8-12 hours, long after the unpleasant emotion has passed. Occasionally, this will spread and I will notice tension in the neck and shoulders. I experience no other symptoms (no headaches, jaw popping or clicking, ear pain, etc.)

My insurance does not cover dentist visits, and I've been trying to learn more about TMJ online. It seems like most of the mouth guards that I have seen online are for nighttime use. Although bruxism is a problem for me, I feel like the bulk of my problem occurs during my waking hours--that is when I notice the pain, not when I wake up in the morning.

I know that it is difficult to diagnose over the Internet, but if you could wing it, I would greatly appreciate it!

Basically, I'm wondering what type of guard (if any) would best be suited to my problem and how often I would need to wear it. It doesn't seem like there are many guards designed to wear throughout the day...

Thanks for any advice you can give, I greatly appreciate it.

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Dear Problems During the Daytime
by: Dr. Spainhower


Yes, you are right. Accurately diagnosing over the internet is a shot in the dark, but those who try, we do our best to help.

The guard best suited for daytime use, is the Aqualizer. It really is a great product for daytime use. If you wear if at night, it'll break within two weeks or so.

Only you can work on the tension that your muscles feel during the day.

In fact, you don't even have to touch or grind your teeth together to have's the tension your muscles have when you are stressed.

That tension can seem to come out of no where and start hurting your muscles.

So, there are many good books available online (Amazon) and my Truth About TMJ can help you do a self evaluation. The TMJ No More ebook is an excellent ebook as well for recognizing your stressors.

So, work on stress management, physically work out, eat right, wear the Aqualizer during the daytime and the SmartGuard at night time.

Good luck, and let me know if you have any other questions.


Dr. Spainhower

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