Lower Jaw moving backwards when sleeping

Starting last week I notice when I fall asleep and as my muscles relax I felt like my throat was being pushed in. Last night I just noticed its not my throat and its my I think lower jaw. It seems to move slowly backwards. I'm having a hard time sleeping. 2-3 hours at best before waking up. Everytime I swallow it seems to adjust my jaw back up. I think anyways lol. Do I need surgery?

Do you want to answer this question? Login or register now to answer this question.

No profile picture

Answer: Occlusal guard

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

It is normal for your jaw to relax when you are in a sleeping state, however if it is causing discomfort you may need a night time appliance.  An occlusal guard which is custom fabricated can keep your jaw in a slightly open position and will prevent your jaw from shifting while you sleep as well as keep you from grinding or clenching your teeth.  The procedure is simple and only requires a full arch impression of your teeth (can be upper or lower) along with a bite registration.  This is the most conservative treatment and will hopefully allow you to feel more comfortable.  Surgery is not usually required as it is a normal function for the jaw to shift when we are in our most relaxed state of sleep. Your general dentist can fabricate the appliance for you if necessary.

More Questions from Dental Surgery

Underbite Worsening with Age and Correction Options

I had an underbite that orthodontists originally expected to correct itself. I got braces in 4th grade (about 9-10 years old) to correct a large gap due to two missing teeth (genetic, not caused by trauma) and then the orthodontist added a palette...

Is my widom Tooth Socket healing normally?

It's day 2 post surgery and I'm noticing grey inside my socket. Is it healing normally? Pain is not too bad although I'm taking ibuprofen every six hours. I'm using salt water rinses after ever meal. I want to be sure I don't have dry socket. I'm...

Dentist had to take my jaw out of alignment for surgery and couldnt get it put back in place.

When i was 12yrs old (now 30) my dentist had to do dental surgery and had tk take my jaw out of alignment to reach the back teeth but he said he could not get it back in alignment properly.... but its been pain every since when i open my mouth,my...

Wisdom Tooth Healing

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed 6 days ago. I had stitches on my two bottom ones which have seemed to dissolve on their own. I still have some mild aching, pain and soreness on both sides of my jaw, is that normal? And are they healing...

Number 30 molar

This tooth has had a root canal and a crown installed several yrs, ago. Now my dentist says the ex ray shows that the root has now separated and one side broke, therefore the tooth should be removed. Is that correct? I would then have to get a...

Can someone look at these images and tell me what they think is going on

I had surgery in February and had a biopsy done on this spot. It came back as benign fibro-osseous lesion. I went in for my 6 month biopsy and it’s grown a little and he wants to rebiopsy it. Is this cancer? From what I understand the biopsy done by...

What can I do to fix my smile?

Hi I’m not sure what procedure I could do to fix my teeth. I had braces on for two years and they’re pretty straight but I have a bit of gumminess and small teeth. Before I got my braces they had to remove two baby teeth and while the braces were on...

Will bone grafting help? Facial changes

Will bone grafting change my appearance back after bone loss?. I have periodontal disease and I lost bone in my jaws and people make negative comments all the time. I want my face restored and I am thinking about bone grafting after years of back...

Toothbrush for numbness after surgery

Last year in july, I had surgery on my upper jaw (maxillary osteotomy) and I still have numbness along the scar and my gums on my upper jaw. I'm not worried about it, I was warned about it, I just wonder what's a good toothbrush to use now? I had a...

Underbite Issue

‪I have a pretty severe underbite. Not only do I have trouble chewing and speaking, but I am also experiencing some pain and discomfort. I am most likely in need of surgery and braces.I am wondering how long you have to wear braces before/after...