Learn about effective and non-medicinal treatment for patients in the Wake Forest, NC area with migraines
At Supremia Dentistry, patients in and around the Wake Forest, NC area can enhance the health and beauty of their smiles. In addition, they can also address problems such as chronic migraines with a non-medicinal, effective treatment that can improve their overall quality of life.
What are migraines?
Migraines are more than just a headache. They can be extremely painful and can disrupt one’s day – or days – dramatically. Some symptoms of a migraine include:
- Pain around the neck, face, and head
- Dull or continual pain, constant throbbing
- Sensitivity to light
- Auras in the eyes
- Sensitivity to sound
- Distorted vision
- Scalp tenderness
- Nasal congestion
What are some effective treatment options for chronic migraines?
Many patients are given prescription medication to address the symptoms that are associated with migraines. However, some patients are ready to seek a non-medicinal treatment that can greatly improve their overall condition. This may mean speaking to a dentist who offers oral appliance therapy for the treatment of chronic migraines.
Oral appliance therapy
For many patients, migraines may stem from tension in the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that hinges the jaw to the skull and allows the jaw to open and close. However, it can become problematic for patients and can cause pain, popping, and locking. It can also be a contributor to migraines. When a dentist diagnoses a patient with TMD (temporomandibular disorder), he may also recommend the use of an oral appliance. Oral appliances are specialized plastic mouth guards that patients can wear during the day or night to reduce the tension that can occur in the jaw joint and provide patients with a solution to their migraines once and for all!
Why does oral appliance therapy work?
Oral appliance therapy works because it properly aligns the jaw to reduce tension that can contribute to conditions such as bruxism or migraines. This custom-made mouth guard also reduces the damage caused by tension and stress in the jaw. The plastic provides cushioning, which can keep patients from experiencing issues such as breakage of restorations or wearing down of natural tooth enamel. These are often problems that can be spotted by a dentist during an evaluation and lead to a proper diagnosis of migraines, TMD, or bruxism.
How often should I wear my appliance?
For most patients, the issues occur at night while they sleep. They tense their jaw joints and muscles overnight without even realizing it, resulting in a migraine when they wake up. However, other patients may clench their jaw during the day, for which an oral appliance may be used more than just overnight. We encourage patients to make note of any time they notice their jaw clenching, as this can give the dentist an idea of how often the problem occurs. These tight and sore muscles can contribute to the development of migraines, which can last hours or days. While medicinal treatments can provide immediate relief, long-term non-medicinal relief can be found with the use of this specialized mouth guard.
How to care for the appliance
Taking good care of the appliance will allow patients to use their custom mouth guard longer. We encourage patients to brush their appliance or soak it in denture solution to keep it clean. If the appliance no longer fits properly, it may be time to have a new one created. Without a proper fit, the oral appliance will not work as it should, and patients may see a reoccurrence in migraines that have gone away with regular use. Patients can bring their appliance to their routine dental visits for the doctor to examine them as well.
Speak to the team at Supremia Dentistry about oral appliance therapy
Migraines can be debilitating and extremely problematic for patients, often disrupting their overall quality of life. We encourage patients who struggle with them to think about the benefits of alternative methods that are non-medicinal yet effective in reducing the severity and frequency of migraines. Dr. Edmond Suh and his staff welcome new patients in the community of Wake Forest, NC to contact the office to book an appointment. The practice is located at 1711 South Main Street and can be reached at 919 556 6200.