Hi all – I always feel like I ask the most random questions! But I was going back through old posts today, and I found one that mentioned potential relief of tight SCM muscles after styloidectomy, because the SCMs are trying to protect the ligament or something. That really got my attention. I have had horrible problems with nocturnal jaw clenching for years. I think it started as a side effect of Zoloft. But the first several years I was on it, it wasn’t a problem. But then my jaw locked open at a dental appointment, and since then EVERYTHING makes me clench. Medications, supplements, hormone replacements. Of course my jaw joints are trashed. And I’ve been through four rounds of splint therapy. I don’t clench too badly now if I’m not taking any medications. But my SCM and pteragoids, etc are still crazy tight.
Soooo, all that to ask – does anybody know if styloidectomy can impact nocturnal bruxism/clenching? Or does anybody have any experience with is? That might tip me toward surgery.