So I'm writing a character that cut his face very deep making a big x mark on his face at some point in the past to scare off a couple of thugs. He survived the ordeal, but now it so happens that everyone now and then, all his facial functions shut down mid-speech as a side effect of him cutting up his face. For example He could be sitting in a chair talking to someone and then next thing you know, his head slouches and it looks like he fell asleep. What happened is that, his eyes, mouth and all face muscles shut down for a few seconds to minutes. Then he wakes up.
This is a fantasy story, but at least I'd like to cross-check if this can happen in real-life.
My question is, Can trauma to the facial nerves cause this kind of thing to happen to a person?