Dental Help for Migraines

It is estimated that more than 23 million people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines according to the American Migraine Study, and that’s conservative.  For decades the medical community have been treating migraine headaches with very limited success.  Finding their cause and providing an effective treatment have proved to be very difficult.

Migraine Symptoms

If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know how painful they can be. Unlike normal headaches, which are generally

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brought about by stress, illness or pollutants, migraine symptoms include:

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Throbbing pain behind your eyes or in isolated areas of your head

Totally debilitating, migraines can last from many hours to several days, with no relief besides prescription medications that make you drowsy.

Dental Treatment for Migraines

Dr. Jim Boyd, an innovative dentist, has found another approach.  Through many years of research he has developed an oral appliance called the NTI-tss  (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition tension suppression system).

The NTI is an acrylic mouth piece that fits over the front teeth and helps to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth.  We now know that the nerve complex where many migraines start is the same complex that provides sensation to the jaws and teeth.  By keeping the teeth from contacting in the back of the mouth and preventing clenching and grinding in ones sleep, migraines can be prevented.  The best part is there are no mind fogging side effects from pain killers!

A Possibility for Relief

The NTI-tss is the only FDA approved preventative available to migraine sufferers. There are no side effects and no complicated, surgical or painful procedures required.

Dr. Todd Beck and his staff at South Waterfront Dental  have been providing this appliance to patients for several years.  If you suffer from clenching, grinding, migraines or any other type of head ache pain, Dr. Beck would be happy to help determine if this simple and non invasive treatment may work for you.