Headache Relief in Charlotte, NC
If you suffer from frequent headaches, you understand how debilitating they can be.
Living with headaches affects your performance during the day and can greatly reduce your quality of life. Many patients find it hard to get through their normal daily activities due to the intensity of their migraines or headaches.
Have you ever considered talking with your dentist about your headaches? Dr. Gentry has experience in helping patients with issues such as clenching and grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), all of which can cause chronic headaches for patients.
What Is Bruxism?
Many patients chronically clench or grind their teeth at night, a condition which is known as bruxism. Our jaw muscles are very powerful, and believe it or not, they can create a lot of pressure while you’re sleeping. Not only does this cause painful headaches, it can also cause excessive wear or fractures to your teeth.
The problem is, you may not even be aware that you suffer from bruxism because it happens while you’re asleep. Your bed partner may be able to hear you grinding your teeth; however, most patients are not aware of their condition. For this reason, it’s important to let Dr. Gentry know about your headaches so she can help determine if bruxism is the culprit.
What Is an Occlusal Guard?
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism, Dr. Gentry will offer solutions. Often, this includes different types of customized occlusal guards, or mouth guards, based on your individual needs. These can be worn comfortably at night while you sleep, and they help relax your muscles, which reduces bruxing throughout the night.
They’re typically made of a durable plastic, which fits over your teeth and protects them from the damage caused by bruxism. Mouth guards may also reduce the occurrence of headaches.
What Is Tensing?
Tensing uses a machine that causes your muscles to contract and then relax, which can also help reduce headaches. After a thorough evaluation and gathering extensive information about the level of tension in your muscles and how you chew, bite, and swallow, Dr. Gentry will create a tensing plan that will help your condition. This typically involves a series of treatments on the tensing machine.
If you suffer from frequent headaches and have tried other treatments for relief with little to no success, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss some options with Dr. Gentry for headache relief. Many patients are achieving success in reducing or eliminating their headaches with mouth guards or oral appliances, and you also deserve to reclaim your life.
Wouldn’t it be great to live headache free once again? Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you.