What is TMJ Pain?
It is relatively common for people who have sleep apnea to also have pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Both groups tend to have smaller, retruded jaws, and they both seem to clench and grind their teeth.
The TMJ is comprised of the temporal bone, the lower jaw, and the disc. The lower jaw or mandible connects to the skull via the temporal bone at the temporomandibular joint. However, the disc can slip out of place, and this results in a misaligned bite and other painful symptoms.