11 doctors weighed in:

Do muscle relaxers help tmj?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually

Muscle relaxers will help the muscular pain usually associated with TMJ.

In brief: Usually

Muscle relaxers will help the muscular pain usually associated with TMJ.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Short term, maybe

Muscle relaxants may be of short term value, but are not treating the problem. Bite problems are the heart of the TMJ disorder? That is what causes the muscle pain and spasm. Even Botox has been used, but the problem always returns.
Manage the bite, manage the problem!

In brief: Short term, maybe

Muscle relaxants may be of short term value, but are not treating the problem. Bite problems are the heart of the TMJ disorder? That is what causes the muscle pain and spasm. Even Botox has been used, but the problem always returns.
Manage the bite, manage the problem!
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Of course

They work by relaxing the muscles in your jaw and face, and they help decrease muscle spasms.
There are many simple therapies that you can use to help speed your recovery. See Orofacial Pain expert for diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Of course

They work by relaxing the muscles in your jaw and face, and they help decrease muscle spasms.
There are many simple therapies that you can use to help speed your recovery. See Orofacial Pain expert for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Somewhat

Muscle relaxants, i found in my practice, are not very effective in the long run.
The meds may mask the real problem. An exam and evaluation are needed to attempt to find the source of the problem and treat without using meds.

In brief: Somewhat

Muscle relaxants, i found in my practice, are not very effective in the long run.
The meds may mask the real problem. An exam and evaluation are needed to attempt to find the source of the problem and treat without using meds.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Muscle relaxers

With most muscle relaxers, we are not able to tolerate a high enough dose to actually relax the muscle.
The medication usually causes more of an antianxiety effect. These drugs can be helpfull for some people. The bite or dental occlusion has been shown to have little to no effect on the tmjs. It is currently believed that sleep bruxism is one of the major contributors to TMJ pain.

In brief: Muscle relaxers

With most muscle relaxers, we are not able to tolerate a high enough dose to actually relax the muscle.
The medication usually causes more of an antianxiety effect. These drugs can be helpfull for some people. The bite or dental occlusion has been shown to have little to no effect on the tmjs. It is currently believed that sleep bruxism is one of the major contributors to TMJ pain.
Dr. Steven Bender
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

I have found that physical therapy that teaches you how to relax the muscles of this area work the best of all.
Also, some experts believe this will resolve on it's own with time.

In brief: Yes

I have found that physical therapy that teaches you how to relax the muscles of this area work the best of all.
Also, some experts believe this will resolve on it's own with time.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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