Millions of Americans suffer from headaches every day. The types of headaches most people have include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. What many people may not realize though is that sometimes headaches can be directly related to dental problems. When people grind their teeth at night, snore, or have a misaligned bite, their overall health can suffer. It is common for people to be skeptical when it comes to the idea that the issues in their mouth can trigger headaches, but this is exactly where Dr. Levenson’s treatment success speaks for itself.
Headaches can occur at any time. They often disrupt a person’s ability to concentrate, sleep through the night, and even complete day-to-day tasks. Chronic headaches also have a tendency to alter people’s appearance for the worse. If you are suffering from headaches that won’t seem to go away with medication, there is a distinct possibility that a visit to your trusted dental physician may be the answer you have been looking for.
If you are fighting a constant battle with bruxism (the grinding and clenching of teeth), this could lead to tension in the jaw that increases the risk of headaches. The problem with bruxism is that it happens while you sleep, so when you wake up in the morning you may not even know what has been happening throughout the night. This is why seeing your dentist on a regular basis is so important. Dr. Levenson can assess any damage to your teeth and determine how to treat the problem.
Snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious condition such as sleep apnea. The airway closes, preventing oxygen from entering the lungs. This can happen multiple times every hour, disrupting the deep sleep cycle necessary for a full night’s rest. Over the course of time, the fatigue can wear a person down, leaving them more susceptible to headaches and migraines.
A dental tray worn at night or another oral appliance is a simple resolution. If you think your headaches or not a singular problem but rather a symptom of something else, contact us today to schedule an appointment.