Do you have TMJ disorder and now have begun having trouble breathing through your nose?

Temporomandibular joint disorder causes many more symptoms than just jaw clicking and jaw pain.

“TMJ disorders are usually not associated with interfering with nasal breathing,” says Brijesh Chandwani, DMD, BDS, Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain, with Connecticut & NY TMJ.

“Some patients do feel the pain from TMJ disorders (muscle or joint disorder) in the area, and if the pain is intense or pressure-like, patients do sometimes perceive it as troubled breathing.

“When pain from TMJ disorders is first experienced, it can also cause anxiety to most people, and depending on the personality of the person, panic attacks could cause troubled breathing.”

Different Kinds of Breathing Troubles

If you feel short of breath lately, but don’t feel any nasal congestion or plugging, then the symptom is likely not related to your nose.

On the other hand, if you feel some kind of obstruction, blockage or plugging when you breathe in through your nose, there could be a sinus issue.

In that case, you should see an ear, nose and throat doctor (otolaryngologist) to see what’s making your nose feel congested or stuffy lately.

One such source of problems can be a nasal polyp.

Dr. Chandwani has 10+ years of experience focusing on TMJ disorders and sleep disorders.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.


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