- August 19, 2016
We’ve all had headaches. Most of the time, they aren’t too bad. We can either wait them out or take an over-the-counter pain reliever to alleviate the pain.
Then there are those of us who have had migraines. If you have never had one, be grateful.
If you have migraines frequently, we sympathize, but more importantly, the team at Holly Dental Care wants to help.
We offer a migraine treatment that involves no drugs, yet can reduce the frequency and the intensity of your headaches.
Today, we’d like to tell you more about it.
What Is A Migraine?
A typical headache causes pain in your head. It’s uncomfortable, but you can often work through it.
Migraines can be debilitating. They can cause you to seek isolation from others until they go away. They can last for hours at a time, and for some unfortunate people, they can go on for days.
When you have a migraine, the pain may feel more like a throbbing sensation. The pain can cover your entire head or be focused on one side.
Some of the signs that you have a migraine include increased sensitivity to light and sound. Intense migraines can cause your vision to be blurry. You can feel light-headed and physically weak. Some people will feel nauseous or will vomit as a result of their migraines.
If you’ve experienced migraines, you may see spots, shape, or flashes of light.
In any case, calling migraines “unpleasant” would be an understatement.
Anyone can experience migraines, but family history, hormonal changes, and gender can increase your risk of this condition. Women are three times more likely than men to experience migraines, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Migraines And Your Jaw
The causes of migraines can be complicated. Everything from stress to the things we eat and drink to changes in our sleeping patterns can contribute these powerful headaches.
Another factor may be teeth grinding or TMJ disorders.
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. You have two of these joints, which help you open and close your jaw.
Migraines and other headaches can be side effects of excessive pressure on this joint, such as from grinding or clenching your teeth together. Many people do this without any awareness that it’s happening, including while you are asleep.
An average healthy human can generate 200 to 250 pounds of pressure when he or she bites down. This is more than enough to bite and chew the foods that we eat.
People who grind their teeth sub- or unconsciously have been measured generating 500 pounds of pressure or more. That’s a lot of added pressure on the TMJ and the surrounding muscle tissues.
It also would explain symptoms like jaw and face pain, swelling, earaches, and migraines, too.
Treating Your Headaches
If you a new to migraines, you may think of them as just bad headaches. Your initial response may be to treat them the same as you do other headaches.
The may lead you to frequently taking pain medication in an attempt to relieve the pain. Certain pain relievers (NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause abdominal pains when taken too often. Likewise, heavy use of prescription medication can itself cause more headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic.
At our dentist office in Holly, MI, we take a different approach. It’s called the NTI Tension Suppression System, or NTI-tss for short.
This treatment involves the use of a custom-fitted device. When held in place, it covers the two teeth in front of your mouth.
This holds your mouth in a position so that your upper and lower teeth don’t touch one another. They can help your jaw relax and reduce clenching and grinding, which can reduce the subsequent symptoms, such as migraines.
And from our dentists’ perspectives, this also reduces the effects of teeth grindings, such as wearing down the enamel on your teeth.
If you are in pain, that pains us, too. We prefer for our patients to be pain-free both inside and outside of our office.
Set Up A Consultation
Before we start your treatment, it’s important that one of our dentists has the opportunity to examine your mouth. If it appears that NTI-tss may be helpful for your situation, then we will make impressions of your teeth.
These impressions will allow you to get a device that is custom-made for you and therefore more likely to help with your migraines and their side effects.