How to Stop TMJ Dizziness
The exact causes of your TMJ dysfunction — or TMD — are often tricky to identify unless you have an apparent injury or trauma to the jaw. Start by making a list of all your symptoms to take with you to your primary care physician or dental professional. This list will help the medical practitioner determine whether TMD is the cause of your dizziness. Other signs you might have TMD include:
- Pain and tenderness
- A clicking sound just in front of your ears where the condyles are situated
- Popping or grating sounds when you move the jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing your jaw
The medical practitioner will examine your jaw, the joint, and surrounding muscles to identify pain and listen for sounds while moving the joint. X-rays are not usually needed unless the practitioner suspects an underlying issue could be affecting your jaw, such as arthritis.
Unless you are experiencing a lot of pain, try some self-care strategies at home to reduce your dizziness. Start by addressing any TMJ pain or problems directly, such as applying a heat or ice pack to the affected jaw area at intervals. Rest the joint by eating soft foods and avoiding extreme movements, such as chewing gum, yawning widely, or talking loudly. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can also decrease the inflammation, while relaxing and avoiding stress may reduce dizziness. OTC medications also exist to help specifically with vertigo or dizziness.
At worst, your TMJ disorder and dizziness put you at risk of falling and sustaining injuries while you're off-balance. Beyond that, the dizziness is merely a symptom. Once your physician or dentist identifies the cause of your TMD, they can work together to treat the condition and all of its symptoms.