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Botox Birmingham - Waking Up With Jaw Pain

Mar 28

Waking up with jaw pain is not a way to start the day. The causes of morning soreness will depend on your age and what you were doing with your jaw the night before to cause jaw pain. It's important to understand that waking up with a sore jaw can be an indication of a serious problem.

So how do we define Jaw Pain?

Jaw pain is any discomfort or pain in the jaw region, including the chin, the area around the lower front teeth, under the chin, and under the earlobes.

Jaw Pain Is a Chronic Condition

Jaw pain is a chronic condition that affects many people. The jaw joint is made up of a system of bones, muscles, nerves, and ligaments that allow the mouth to open and close, and chew food. 

It is estimated that some 10% of the adult population suffers from chronic jaw pain in some form at any given time. The numbers vary by country, but they are more or less consistent around the world. More than 60% of these people have managed to live reasonably well with their condition and often even enjoy life to some extent.

But if we look at those who are not managing well, the numbers are much higher. In fact, it looks as though one in 10 people is suffering badly enough from chronic jaw pain that it affects not only their daily lives but also severely interferes with their ability to lead a normal life.

That's about 100 million people.

If you suffer from pain in your jaw, it could be temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD or TMJ). 


The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex system of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that connect your skull to your lower jaw (mandible). 

TMJ is a painful condition that affects the jaw. It can cause pain around the jaw, ear, and temple area. It can also lead to frequent headaches and/or neck aches. Some people also experience tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

The most common symptom of TMJ is a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. This clicking or popping is caused by the displacement of the disc between the temporal bone and the condyle. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and ask about your medical history to diagnose TMJ.

Common causes of TMJ are stress and teeth grinding or clenching. This can cause the muscles in your jaw to tighten or spasm, resulting in TMD.

Treatment for TMJ depends on its severity and how it's affecting you. If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, TMJ is often treatable using at-home remedies including hot/cold compresses, muscle relaxants, over-the-counter pain relievers, and stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga.

In some cases, more invasive treatment may be necessary though at Dr Majid Shah Aesthetics Birmingham we can offer you non-surgical Botox treatment to help you with this pain and avoid any under-knife surgery.


You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness in the face and jaw area
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful chewing
  • Aching pain in and around the ear
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious problem that affects about 10% of the population. It is much more common among men than women, and its associated risk factors include obesity, smoking, and an overactive thyroid.

But it can also be caused by jaw pain.

In the middle of the night, the muscles at the back of your throat relax and close off your airway. This is not a medical problem. It's just that your body doesn't want to wake up. If you have sleep apnea, you probably have other symptoms as well: snoring, fatigue, headaches, mood changes, and so on. 

How to Fix these Problems With Botox

Botox is injected directly into the muscles that relax during sleep and make it hard for your throat to relax. There are also medications that can be taken by mouth, but they are not as effective. In very rare cases, people who are allergic to botox can have a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Morning jaw pain can be cured with botox injections. Botox is a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.

The use of Botox for TMJ has been well documented in medical literature since 1997 when its use was first reported in the dental press. It has been shown to be effective in reducing muscle spasms and pain associated with TMJ dysfunction, including jaw pain.

Visit a Dermatologist For Jaw Pain

We can help you here at Dr Majid Shah Aesthetics Birmingham a local skin care clinic in the West Midlands offering the most effective treatment for jaw pain. The first step is scheduling a consultation so we can learn more about your symptoms and the severity of your condition.



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