- March 1, 2015
These days, many people are wary of taking medications when they’re sick, have chronic illnesses, or have symptoms they can’t explain. They’re afraid of the side effects or becoming addicted, or they simply don’t want to be dependent on a pill to provide them relief for the rest of their lives.
Looking into treatments that don’t require medication is becoming more and more commonplace these days. Upset digestive system? Cut back on gluten or eat more yogurt. Inflammation? Eat high-antioxidant foods and exercise more. Maybe you’ve tried something like this to help ease certain symptoms you’ve experienced.
Sometimes there are hidden causes for health concerns and pain that no one can seem to solve. One of these problems is headaches and migraines.
What Causes Headaches and Migraines?
Headaches and migraines can have many causes. Some are simple and preventable, like lack of sleep, stress, and alcohol. Others can be caused by illnesses like your sinuses or a cold, hormonal changes, or chronic health conditions. Sometimes they’re from medication side effects.
Some headaches and migraines have a surprising source, though: your teeth!
How Do My Teeth Cause Headaches and Migraines?
Have you been diagnosed with headaches and migraines but can’t figure out why or how to treat them?
You probably haven’t considered your teeth as the source of your pain, but many of our patients have discovered that that’s what’s causing their head to hurt when they wake up.
Some people grind and clench their teeth to the point that it’s giving them headaches. Because so many people do this while they’re asleep, they don’t realize what’s going on!
Stress, anxiety, TMJ disorders, and sleep disorders can cause you to clench or grind your teeth (we call this bruxism). Not only can bruxism cause headaches, but it can also cause earaches, wear down or crack your teeth, and contribute to jaw pain, too! (And like we often hear, it can cause your spouse or bed partner to go crazy from your grinding noises while you sleep!)
What’s the Solution?
If your teeth are causing your headaches, let us help! We have a treatment that has helped thousands of people with tooth-related migraines and headaches, and it may help stop your pain in its tracks, too!
One of the best things about this treatment is that it’s medication free, so you don’t have to worry about taking a pill with side effects for your headache relief!
NTI migraine prevention uses a small acrylic mouthpiece that covers your front teeth and extends slightly below your teeth. Your bottom teeth will align with this acrylic piece when your teeth are together instead of aligning with your back teeth. This will prevent your back teeth from touching‚ which means they can’t grind or clench, either.
The NTI device will also relieve stress on your jaws so that they can relax. When you put this mouthpiece on before bed, you’ll wake up with fewer migraines and headaches and less jaw pain. You’ll also help protect your teeth from wearing down or cracking.
Is It Safe?
NTI migraine prevention is approved by the FDA for migraine treatment, and it’s also extremely effective. In clinical trials, more than 80 percent of patients said that their migraines were reduced by over 75 percent!
The NTI device can also be better than a night guard that’s often used to treat TMJ, which doesn’t necessarily stop your clenching or the pain associated with it.
There may be longer term concern that the NTI device can change your bite. This is something we’ll talk to you about during your consultation if you’re a good candidate for the device.
What Do I Need to Do to Start?
First, you’ll come in for a consultation, where Dr. Hunter will examine you, including looking at the wear and tear on your back teeth, to help determine if your head and jaw pain is a result of your teeth clenching and grinding.
If we think NTI migraine prevention is a good solution for you, we’ll let you know so that you can make the decision to proceed with treatments.
Then, we’ll fit you for the small mouthpiece, which will be made and then given to you to start wearing. You might have to bring it back in after a while to smooth it out and make sure it stays effective.
No more medications or doctor’s visits to discover your source of pain! Our unique NTI migraine prevention can give you a safer and pain-free rest.
Let Holly Dental Care Help Provide You with Migraine Relief!
Contact your Holly dentist today to start waking up refreshed and headache free! We even have convenient evening hours and payment plans to get you on your way to a comfortable smile as soon as possible!