While you may not think of seeing your dentist when you get migraine headaches, you may want to consider the links between headaches and your dental health. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile is well aware of the correlation between migraine headaches and dental issues. There are several dental concerns that may be the reason for your headaches, and instead of turning towards prescription medications, it may be time to talk to your dentist about your consistent head pain.
There are many reasons why your dental health may be affecting how often you experience migraine headaches.
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that can cause a person to become sleep deprived. This condition is caused by a blockage of the airways, by either a misaligned jaw or a lazy tongue that can fall into the throat and interrupt a patient's nighttime sleep. Patients with sleep apnea never get the deep, restful sleep they need to feel awake and alive during the day. Thanks to oral appliances that can realign the jaw and hold the tongue in place, patients can relieve themselves of the symptoms of sleep apnea, one of which is that of migraine headaches.
The clenching of teeth is called bruxism, frequently causing tension and pain on the jaw and in the head. Many patients who deal with migraine headaches or tension headaches may find that they come from clenching and grinding that occurs during the night. Patients can use special oral appliances to protect their teeth from damage and relieve the tension and pain that can cause headaches to occur during the day.
Malocclusion is the misalignment of the teeth. When the mouth is closed and a patient is biting or chewing, it is important that their teeth and bite be well aligned. When they aren't, patients can experience tension headaches. By undergoing dental treatments, patients can realign their jaw and experience fewer headaches than ever before.
Before visiting your physician for medications to treat your migraine headaches, you might want to make your first stop at your dental office. If you are dealing with continual migraine and tension headaches and are ready to find a solution, call Dr. Levenson today to schedule a consultation appointment and examination at Levenson Smile!