December 29th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Ask a dentist about jaw problems

Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University and an expert in the mind-body connection for health, responded to a reader question about antidepressants and jaw pain yesterday. He would like to add the following, based on a comment about the post:

To my readers,

Every once in awhile I get a response to one of my mental health answers that I feel deserves to be posted. Below is such a response pointing out that for the patient with depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems I failed to mention that a dental consult would also be indicated. I agree completely and appreciate Dr. Friedlander providing this excellent suggestion. Antidepressants can make people grind their teeth (i.e. bruxism) as a result of changes in brain neurotransmission. Bruxism, in turn, can lead to TMJ. Being a “grinder” myself, I know how valuable a night guard can be!

Dear Dr. Raison:

I recently encountered your response on CNN to a woman receiving antidepressant medication for major depressive disorder. The patient complained of developing comorbid tinnitus and pain in the temporomandibular joint in association with either the underlying illness or the medication regimen. I concur with your suggestion of an ENT consult but would suggest that your omission of a referral to a competent dentist to fabricate a night guard to ameliorate the TMJ pain and certainly damage to the dentition [in the eventuality that the medication regimen could not be altered] was incomplete. It is believed that SSRIs and AAs may cause bruxism because these medications increase extrapyramidal levels of serotonin, thereby inhibiting dopaminergic pathways that control movements [Bostwick JM. J Clin Psychiatry 1999 ; Brown ES. J Amer Dent Assoc 1999].


Associate Chief of Staff for Education / DLO
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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