Deprogramming May End Your Headaches

  • August 1, 2016

Your headache is back, and it couldn’t have arrived at a worse time.

You are sitting in yet another staff meeting in which your boss is droning on about … you don’t really know. You hope it’s not too important, but you will talk to you co-workers about it later.

For now, all you can do is try to endure it. If you could just get out of here, you could get the headache medicine from your desk. Then again, you may want to ask Alice if she still has that migraine-strength medicine.

This headache is bad, and it doesn’t feel like it’s going away anytime soon. What’s worse, this keeps happening more and more frequently.

There has to be a better headache treatment than a couple pills and hoping the pain will end.

Understanding The Cause Of Your Headaches

At Forever Young Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI, we have helped many patients overcome their headache and migraine problems.

While headaches can develop for a countless number of reasons, they also may be a symptom of an underlying issue calling temporomandibular joint disorder. This is sometimes referred to as a TMJ disorder or TMD.

How can you tell if a TMJ problem may be the underlying cause of your headaches? Consider some of the other symptoms:

  • Frequent jaw pain, particularly during or after eating
  • Frequent earaches
  • Frequent facial, neck, or shoulder pains
  • Difficulty opening or close your mouth completely
  • Temporary inability to move your jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your jaw

TMJ problems can be complex, and two people can show quite different symptoms. However, if you are having frequent headaches along with one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, then we would encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office.

Understanding The Causes Of TMJ Disorders

While migraines are sometimes a problem in their own right, we often can help when they  can be linked to a TMJ disorder.

For better or worse, multiple factors can contribute to TMJ problems as well.

Stress could be part of your problem. Stress can affect people in many ways. One of those ways may the subconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth.

This can occur while you are awake or when you are asleep. In fact, many patients have mentioned that they often wake up with a headache. If you’ve spent hours grinding your teeth together in your sleep, that could explain why.

It would be great if all TMJ problems were that simple, but they aren’t.

Arthritis — the inflammation of your joints — can affect your TMJ as well. This can cause added pressure and limit movement of your jaw.

Infections and illnesses also can affect this joint as well as neighboring tissues and ligaments.

And injuries may play a role as well. Getting hit in the jaw with a football, a helmet, a puck, or an elbow can cause trauma to the joint. So can a fall or a collision.

Your TMJ disorder may be the result of one of these causes, or it may have developed from a combination of two or more of those issues.

How To Alleviate Your Problem

There may be things you can do at home. You may have already take over-the-counter pain medicines for temporary relief.

Moist heat can relieve pain while improving jaw mobility. Ice or cold pack can numb your jaw and reduce swelling. Eating softer foods may relieve the pain that occurs when you eat.

If this eliminates the problem, that’s great, but if the problem keeps coming back, please give us a call.

If we notice evidence of teeth grinding, we can craft what we call a direct deprogrammer for you. This is an oral appliance (like a mouthguard) that you can wear to train your jaw. You could think of it as a kind of physical therapy for your mouth.

By wearing the deprogrammer, you will be changing the rest position of your jaw, which can reduce the instances of clenching and grinding. In turn, this can reduce the other symptoms you have been experiencing, like jaw pain, neck pain, and (of course) your headaches.

Alleviate Your Pain With A Deprogrammer

To get your own direct deprogrammer, you need to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI.

We are able to craft this special mouthguard in a single visit to our office without goopy impressions. To learn more, call us at 586-698-7135 or fill out our online form.

Call today to start relieving your pain as soon as possible.