Please help--muscle spasm at dentist
I am trying to figure out the best way to take care of myself right now and my dentist does not know a lot about TMJ disorders. I was at the dentist today and after about 90 minutes of having my mouth open for some work that was being done, my jaw and temple muscles started to spasm. The pain was sharp and breathtaking. They had me alternate cold and warm compresses on it, and I've continued to do that. The intense pain has subsided but I can tell the area is still "not right."
I was wondering if anyone has experience with this kind of problem and can recommend things that do or do not work. Specifically I wonder if I should make sure to keep stretching the area or if I would be better off to rest it while it heals, and avoid stretching it.
I've had TMJ problems for at least 10 years and they've recently gotten worse; I do need to see a specialist and plan to, but I'm not going to be able to do it in the next few days and I don't want to make myself worse in the meantime. Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.