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Can tmj cause headaches when lying down?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes but...: The same symptoms can be caused by a long list of other possibilities. I recommend that you see your physician for an evaluation. If you have been diagnosed or suspect tmd\tmj, also see your dentist for an evaluation.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
TMJ: Headaches/head pains can be related to muscle spasms that are increased by grinding or clenching teeth when lying down. These pains can be one of many indicators of tm joint dysfunction.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Vague: A thorough history and exam are needed to try and determine the severity of your problem. Has this happened before, does the pain last long or come and go, what do you do prior to laying your head on the pillow. I would see a dr. If this persists.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes.: TMJ pain is sometimes positional, with increased pain of you lay on the affected TMJ. Or you may clench when you sleep, thus increasing the pain due to clenching.

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