[QUOTE=Dawgluver;1360826]When I awoke this morning I found I can't close the right side of my jaw without a lot of pain. /QUOTE]
As a Dental Hygienist I would put an ice pack on the patients joint first then immediately put a warm moist cloth on the TMJ.
What I would for myself (back when I had TMJ pain) was what is shown on this video starting about 5 minutes and ending at about 7 minutes.
I didn't do anything else shown on the video----just the cold and hot and massage.
Do NOT do this too much or with a heavy hand.
Sometimes (only sometimes) a slight change in the elevation of a tooth or crown or filling can cause TMJ pain and that's a job for the dentist to assess with a painless grinding of the high spot.
But TMJ pain after waking up almost always means the person slept wrong or ground his teeth at night.
That's the short and simple explanation.
Warning---- I repeat, don't massage with a heavy hand or too much.
I hope the pain goes away soon.
Sometimes it just goes away on it's own.