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Morning headache from jaw?

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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Morning headaches are a common finding in temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders.
They are usually on the side of the head or face. They may be caused by bruxism, or grinding of the teeth during the night while you are asleep. You might benefit from a dental splint, or night guard, if it's properly designed and fabricated by a well-trained dentist. Don't use the over-the-counter kind of splint.

In brief: Maybe

Morning headaches are a common finding in temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders.
They are usually on the side of the head or face. They may be caused by bruxism, or grinding of the teeth during the night while you are asleep. You might benefit from a dental splint, or night guard, if it's properly designed and fabricated by a well-trained dentist. Don't use the over-the-counter kind of splint.
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Anything

Headaches can come from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems, teeth grinding, migraines.

In brief: Anything

Headaches can come from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems, teeth grinding, migraines.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Vague

Certainly need a lot more info.
Duration, intensity, location. Keep a pain diary if you can and document your headaches. Then consider seeing your doctor. It could be due to grinding your teeth during sleep which tenses the muscles of the face and head.

In brief: Vague

Certainly need a lot more info.
Duration, intensity, location. Keep a pain diary if you can and document your headaches. Then consider seeing your doctor. It could be due to grinding your teeth during sleep which tenses the muscles of the face and head.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Indirectly

Some headaches are associated with clenching of the jaw called nocturnal para functional brutism. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play with morning headache symptoms.
Find a dentist trained in treating headache pain with a nti devise.

In brief: Indirectly

Some headaches are associated with clenching of the jaw called nocturnal para functional brutism. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play with morning headache symptoms.
Find a dentist trained in treating headache pain with a nti devise.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Maybe, but there are other causes too. I'd get an evaluation from your doctor,
Dr. Marsha Davis
Maybe, but there are other causes too. I'd get an evaluation from your doctor too.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Grinding teeth?

Maybe you're grinding your teeth at night, which could cause jaw pain and a morning headache.
It might not hurt to get evaluated for a night guard.

In brief: Grinding teeth?

Maybe you're grinding your teeth at night, which could cause jaw pain and a morning headache.
It might not hurt to get evaluated for a night guard.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Edward Smith
Agree with above response but also consider that both bruxism (grinding the teeth / clenching jaws) and morning headaches are common symptoms or accompaniments of sleep apnea.
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