WHAT IS A MIGRAINE HEADACHE?
A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light and sound. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.
Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours, even days. They may be so severe that all one can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
WHAT IS A CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE?
A cervicogenic headache is a headache that originates in the shoulders, neck and spine. When a spasm or injury occurs in these parts of the body and does not heal quickly enough, it will lead to a cervicogenic headache. With up to twenty muscles in your neck that can “send” pain up to your head, these types of headaches are more common than you might think.
Symptoms of cervicogenic headaches may vary, but one of the telltale signs is pain starting at the base of the neck and then moving up into the head. Another symptom of a cervicogenic headache is a lower pain tolerance. This means that you become more sensitive to pain, and those who suffer from these types of headaches will feel moderate to severe pain every day.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HEADACHES:
There are a few ways in which headache pain can be treated. Most commonly, pain from muscle headaches can be blocked with medications. Surgical methods of nerve intervention and muscle and psychological therapy to relax the musculature are also forms of treatment, but the cause of the problem and the damage from the bad bite (malocclusion) will persist. Side effects with medications, complications from surgery and limited results with muscle or psychological therapy do not correct the source of the problem.
Neuromuscular Dentistry ensures that the muscles are happy, because they do not have to work hard positioning the teeth into a strained bite. Neuromuscular dentistry places the jaw into its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.
While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth, bones, and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the hard tissues and the soft tissues, muscles and nerves. Neuromuscular dentists understand that your hard and soft tissues have a complex relationship and they strive to make that relationship a harmonious one.
When the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and soft tissues are affected and many physiological problems can result, such as headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder pain, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint. In a number of cases, these symptoms are the result of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome, which is also referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) or MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction). For that reason, neuromuscular dentistry often goes hand in hand with the treatment of headaches and migraines, as well as TMJ disorders and jaw pain
Clenching at night or during the day serves as a trigger for migraines. A dental device known as an NTI-tss (nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) can be fitted over the bottom or top central teeth and it prevents contact between the molar and canine teeth. The device reduces clenching during sleep, thereby reducing the frequency of pain from headaches.
There are minimal side effects with this very minimally invasive appliance. In FDA reviewed trails, 82% of the participants who used NTI-tss experienced a two-thirds reduction in migraine headaches within 8 weeks of continuous nighttime use. Dental and medical insurance plans usually help to pay for these services.
Our dentists understand that headaches and migraines rob you of your quality of life. They are painful. Do not learn to live with them. Contact Dentistry For Health at 402-932-0282 to schedule consultation for headache treatment in Omaha, Nebraska. You do not need to suffer.