Diazepam (Valium) for short-term night use (clenching)
On Friday, I was prescribed the muscle relaxant Skelaxin. I had requested it b/c of the lack of side effects (I am a SAHM to 2 children). It works during the day to gently keep my jaw more relaxed, but doesn't make me feel groggy.
At night, however, it is a different story. For the first time, I am waking up clenching throughout the night and all the muscles in my face, neck area are tired and like a rock when I wake up. I tend to be an intense person (developed an ulcer at 12 as a competitive gymnast!), so I'm not surprised.
I'm hoping to get fitted with some sort of mouthguard device when I go to see the neuromuscular dentist next week, but until then, I am miserable and in a big-time flair-up (getting sick of the soft diet!)
I was researching on Emory University's website (reputable hospital/school here in Atlanta) and it mentioned anti-anxiety medication for treating (short-term) the night clenching. So, I started looking around and found that Diazepam (Valium) is classified as an anti-anxiety AND a muscle relaxant and in small, short term doses can help for TMJ clenching/grinding.
Has anyone had experience using this? If so, has it helped? I am fully aware of the potential of addiction, so am only looking to use it until I can get to my dentist.
Last edited by MichelleATL; 05-23-2005 at 06:16 AM.