Are TMJ Disorder and Anxiety connected?

by | Nov 13, 2021 | TMD Specialis, TMJ, TMJ Specialist

To begin with, the answer to this widely asked question is that stress/ anxiety and TMJ Disorder can very well be connected. As a result of sharing some similar symptoms, either disorder can be misdiagnosed as the other. Because of this, it is very important to know the unique symptoms of both disorders, as well as the link between them.

TMJ Disorder

The jaw joint is controlled by many muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues, making it one of the most complex and important joints in the body. Because of this, the joint can become misaligned, causing nerve and muscle pain. Patients who have all been diagnosed with TMJ disorder can actually experience widely different symptoms, which Dr. Solomon understands deeply. Because of this, Dr. Sid Solomon is dedicated to finding a treatment plan individualized to each patient he treats.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pain in and around the ear
  • Jaw popping, locking, and/ or clicking
  • Pain and/ or tenderness in the cheek, jaw, and face
  • Pain/ difficulty opening, chewing, or talking
  • Shoulder, neck, and back pain



Although everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, prolonged anxiety or anxiety disorder can affect your daily life, as well as your physical health.

Common Symptoms

  • Common Anxiety Symptoms
  • Feeling restless or tense
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling weak and/ or tired
  • Constant feelings of stress or worry


Because TMJ Disorder has such a wide array of symptoms, TMD often times causes anxiety; however, it has been proven that anxiety can actually cause TMJ Disorder. Because of the tension in the shoulder and back of people suffering from anxiety, as well as the jaw clenching and lack of sleep, many anxiety symptoms can physically cause stress on the temporomandibular joint. If you suspect that, as a result of anxiety or not, you may suffering from TMJ Disorder, call us today at 310-475-55985 to schedule a consultation with renowned neuromuscular expert Dr. Sid Solomon to begin your diagnosis and treatment.

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