You begin feeling the early signs and you know your day is about to take a turn for the worse. You’re getting another chronic tension headache that will most likely ground you for, at the very least, the next several hours and possibly longer. Your day is ruined, and you are going to be grounded in bed, in the dark, until it passes. No medications work for you and you are at the end of your rope in trying to figure out why you get these headaches. Did you know that your headache, although you feel it in the top or side of your skull, could start at your jaw? Dr. Michael Stern at Smile Brighter in Willoughby Hills, OH can help you with your chronic tension headaches.
The link between your headaches and TMJ
Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull and allows to you perform everyday activities like talking, chewing and yawning. Many of your TMJ’s muscles are located underneath the jaw and in the cheeks and may be a source of your chronic headaches. What can happen is that these jaw muscles tighten when you clench or grind your teeth. Pain created from this can then travel to other places though the skull, causing your headaches. More than 40 million Americans currently suffer from the effects of chronic headaches. But with recent developments in headache management, you don’t need to continue with your suffering.
NTI therapy addresses the cause of your recurring headaches using a nighttime appliance which was developed by a dentist who suffered for years with chronic headaches. The appliance is FDA approved and has even made an appearance on Good Morning America! This appliance works by reducing your nighttime teeth clenching and grinding, which is something that most of us do without even knowing. This appliance, when worn, reduces the pressure you can apply on your jaw and the surrounding muscular structure. The NTI-tss appliance is custom fit for comfort and, while it may take a couple days to get used to sleeping with it, most patients find it to be comfortable to wear. This is quite possibly your passage to a life without those painful chronic headaches.
If you experience chronic tension headaches, you should come into Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills so Dr. Stern can examine you and see if the NTI-nss system may be a solution for you. You’ve got nothing to lose and may be just a visit away from eliminating headaches that have constantly impeded you from living a normal, pain-free life. For an appointment, call (440) 210-0999 today!