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Songquill

724d

Hello! I have TMJ and I absolutely hate the dentist because of it. I have such a hard time keeping my mouth open the whole time. They give me a red block to hold it open and that's helpful but it hurts pretty badly. After the dentist visit I'll be in pain for 12-48 hours. I do use ibuprofen. What do y'all do to make the dentist less painful?

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    • HogSandwich

      283d

      I told my dentist beforehand and he wedged some foam into the side of my mouth to let me relax with it open and it made a huge difference. Ask what options they have for propping your mouth open.

    • HogSandwich

      283d

      I told my dentist beforehand and he wedged some foam into the side of my mouth to let me relax with it open and it made a huge difference. Ask what options they have for propping your mouth open.

    • zen_iguana

      710d

      omg it's the worst! it's like nobody mentioned it to the assistants and you just have to suffer for a while 💔 I usually massage afterwards once i'm in the car

    • PeanutBear

      718d

      Massages are so so so helpful. If it isn’t too painful, jaw exercises sometimes help. When I’m having a really bad flare up ice and heat are almost always good.

    • CasuallyCerebral

      724d

      My dentist prescribed me flexeril for jaw pain and it’s super helpful when my jaw flares up. It does make you super sleepy though since it’s a muscle relaxer.

      • Elllie

        492d

        @CasuallyCerebral it’s great but so hard to get refills

    • sertralinequeen13

      724d

      massage your jaw before and after!! if you put your thumb in your mouth at the back of your cheek and the rest of your fingers on the outside and massage that area it hurts but it loosens things up a lot!!

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