Dr. Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills can help patients who struggle with chronic headaches and migraines. While some patients may be able to find relief with pain medications, sometimes they are unable to help. Instead, patients may want to visit a qualified dentist to learn more about ways to manage a condition such as bruxism. Bruxism is clenching and grinding, which can occur sometimes when patients are sleeping or during migraine attacks. It can cause headaches and may cause them to progress longer and become more painful. By addressing the neuromuscular structure of the jaw, patients can seek relief.
Most patients who suffer from migraines understand the full range of symptoms. Some patients may notice some warning signs before their migraine fully develops. They may include visual disturbances and pain around the eyes. They may or may not happen before a migraine episode, but some individuals may be able to take these cues as a sign that medication should be taken to avoid a progressing migraine.
When the migraine occurs, patients may notice several concerns, including:
- Pulsing, throbbing, and pounding pain on one side of the head
- Dull ache that continues to get worse
- Loss of appetite
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Inability to concentrate
While over-the-counter medications may be beneficial, patients who suffer from chronic migraines will want to undergo an evaluation to determine the real cause of their headaches. In cases when bruxism is the problem, oral appliance therapy may be the solution. Dr. Stern provides new and existing patients with the treatment they need to reduce the problems associated with these painful, chronic headaches and migraines.
Oral appliance therapy is done using the NTI-tss nighttime appliance. This is an FDA approved method of reducing the frequency of headaches caused by bruxism. In fact, studies have shown that patients notice a reduction in headaches approximately 77 percent of the time after using oral appliance therapy.