Migraine Relief Raleigh, NC

Have you tried Doctors, Medical Specialists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physio’s, along with every type of medication on the market, yet your still in constant pain?

Do you suffer from Migraine Headaches?

There is a cure  – Neuromuscular Migraine Dentistry.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is a type of dentistry that is used to treat a variety of symptoms. These can include: Migraine, headaches, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, neck and shoulder pain and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, neuromuscular dentistry may be the right headache pain relief treatment for you.

Up to 90% of patients treated through Neuromuscular Dentistry have become pain free or have obtained substantial relief from the debilitating condition.

Headaches Happen to Everyone

It is estimated that approximately 45 million Americans have chronic headaches, some of which are migraines. At least half of these people experience headaches severe enough to be disabling some of the time. In addition, many others suffer from one or more of the symptoms above. Many of these patients have obtained no relieve from their symptoms due to either improper diagnosis or an assumption that there is no physiological cause for their problem.

A number of parts of the head can experience pain. There are a large group of nerves over the scalp, which can cause pain. Specific nerves in the face, mouth and throat can also cause headache pain. Probably the most significant part of the head that is sensitive to pain are the muscles of the head and blood vessels along the surface and base of the brain. These muscles and vessels contain very delicate nerve fibers, which can be irritated by changes in the muscles and blood flow to and around the brain.

What Happens With a Migraine Headache?

Many millions suffer from migraine headaches, a type of headache that can often be debilitating. There are 3 times as many women sufferers as men. While any headache can uncomfortable, migraine headaches will often cause incapacitation.

People will often experience a warning know as an aura. These are usually sensations such as flashing lights, blind spots or tingling in the extremities.

In addition to the pain of a headache, migraine symptoms can also include nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to sound and light.

The only relief many can find is by retreating to a dark quiet room for hours or even days. When left untreated, a typical migraine can last anywhere from 4 hours to days.

There is a lot that is not understood about headaches. Some researchers believe that migraines may be the result of changes in the trigeminal nerve system, which is a major pathway in the cranial nervous system. It is felt that changes in brain chemicals such as serotonin affect the pain messages running along this pathway.

When a headache occurs, the level of serotonin in the brain drops. Scientists believe that this causes the trigeminal nerve to release a protein which travels to the brain’s outer covering. This protein causes the blood vessels of the outer covering to become dilated and inflamed. This results in a headache.

The type of migraine varies from person to person. Most people don’t experience the aura before their headache. Those that do are experiencing what is known as a Classic Migraine. Whether you experience an aura or not, many people have sensations or premonitions before the headache actually occurs.

These symptoms may include: elation or intense levels of energy, craving for sweets, drowsiness, irritability, depression or thirst.

Migraine Headache Triggers

There are a number of things that may trigger a migraine:

  • Hormonal changes. The exact mechanism between headaches and hormones is not fully understood. Changes in estrogens and progesterone seem to cause migraine in a number of women. Women who have a history of migraines report there occurrence right before or after their periods. Those women who take contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy often report migraines.
  • Foods. Many people develop headaches after eating certain food. The most common food causes include: alcohol, especially red wine; aged cheeses; chocolate; fermented, pickled or marinated foods; aspartame; caffeine; monosodium glutamates; certain seasonings; and many canned and processed foods.
  • Stress. Stress is often cited as a major contributor to migraines. Whether it occurs at home or work, the body can react to stress with a headache.
  • Sensory stimulus. Bright or flashing lights and glaring sun can causes headache pain. Certain smells such as perfume and flowers, and unpleasant odours, such as paint thinner and cigarette smoke.
  • Physical factors. Heavy manual work or exercise can set off a headache. Also, changes in sleep habits including too much or too little sleep can trigger a headache.
  • Changes in the environment. Changes in the weather, such as rain storms or changes in altitude, such as going to the mountains, can result in a headache. A change of weather, season, altitude level, barometric pressure or time zone can prompt a migraine headache.
  • Medications. Certain medications can aggravate migraines – Neuromuscular migraine dentistry is a more permanent option.

All of these factors can contribute to the occurrence of a migraine headache. But the biggest factor is a poor bite relationship.

When the upper and lower jaw are not aligned properly, it results in the muscles being in a constant state of contraction.

These muscles cause the jaws to come together 2000-3000 times every day during chewing and swallowing.

After a while, the muscles get tired and go into spasm. There is a build-up of lactic acid and other waste metabolites due to increased blood pressure in the muscles, which prevents normal blood flow. This is the primary cause of migraines which can often be relieved through neuromuscular migraine dentistry.

What About TMJ?

Another possibility could be many of a patient’s symptoms can be attributed to what is known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems manifest themselves in a variety of ways. The most common symptoms of TMJ are migraine headaches. Commonly a tension headache. Many people who suffer from this type of headache describe it as a ring of pain around the head. TMJ related headaches are often caused where there is a constant contraction of the muscles in the jaw. This results in tension in the face, head and neck.

This tension in the muscles reduces the amount of blood that is able to reach the area. The body responds by sending more blood to the area, which results in an increase in blood pressure to the muscles of the head resulting in a headache.  Clenching and grinding of teeth is creating a contraction of the muscles, which results in pain.

Aligning the temporomandibular joint and placing the jaw into its optimal position through neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate most headache problems related to TMJ, muscle, nerve and joint disorder.

Contact Us Today!

If you’re over living a life of pain, constantly taking drugs, being absent from work, and having a disrupted social life, then simply contact us today and we’d be happy to set up an appointment with you to get you on the road to recovery.

Dr. Dan Davidian

This page was reviewed and approved by Dr. Dan Davidian, DDS. Dr. Davidian received his Bachelor of Arts at East Carolina University. He continued on to graduate from UNC School of Dentistry with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Davidian has completed additional training in Advanced Life Support Skills at UNC and received his sedation training with the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

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