NSAIDs help control both jaw pain and inflammation in the TMJ, such as ibuprofen (e.g., Advil). However, muscle relaxants are sometimes used to help relieve jaw pain and discomfort. They work by relaxing the muscles of the jaw and face and help decrease muscle spasms. Diazepam, also known as Valium, is a commonly used muscle relaxant. Tricyclic anti-depressants, such as amitriptyline (e.g., Elavil) help reduce muscle and soft issue strain of the jaw and face.
Indicated when acute and or chronic painful spasms interrupt the ability of accomplishing normal daily activities; sleep disruption and deprivation.
When using muscle relaxants, begin at the lowest dose possible and increase dosage accordingly. Excessive doses of these drugs can lead to sedation, depression, and addiction.