Keep Your Guard Up Against Headaches

  • October 2, 2016

You have been having persistent headaches, including migraines, for months. How should you solve this problem?

◼︎ Take over-the-counter headache medication

◼︎ Stay in bed with the lights off until the pain goes away

◼︎ Make an appointment at Forever Young Dentistry

The first two options may help you get rid of your current headache, but only visiting Forever Young Dentistry will help you solve the underlying problem that is causing your headaches.

The last thing our dentist, Dr. Michael Young, wants is for any of our patients in or around Sterling Heights, MI, to be in pain. If there is anything we can do to alleviate that pain, then we want to be part of your headache solution.

 

How Can A Dentist Help With Headaches?

Everyone gets headaches from time to time. That’s just part of life, but that does not mean that headaches should be a daily occurrence. These kinds of headaches aren’t just an annoyance, they become a distraction that demands your attention and prevents you from working or spending time with the people you love.

Dr. Young has completed training on how to use dental appliances to relieve headaches and migraines.

This won’t work for every patient, but it can help many people whose headaches are the result of teeth grinding or sleep problems. When you come to our office for a consultation, Dr. Young can examine your teeth for signs of grinding, and he can discuss your sleep patterns.

 

Treating Teeth Grinding To Treat Your Headache

Teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism, can lead to a variety of other problems.

Headaches and migraines are one of the side effects. If you often wake up with headaches, it’s possible that you have been grinding your teeth in your sleep.

Often teeth grinding produces other symptoms as well. Many times this will lead to jaw pain as well. Teeth grinding puts added pressure your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That can lead to aches and pains, difficulty eating, and limited movement of your jaw.

In these cases, you also make experience problems with earaches or pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back.

Dr. Young can help with all of those problems by creating a Kois deprogrammer for you. This is a small appliance that can be worn both when you are asleep and when you are awake.

He can make this kind of appliance in as little as 20 minutes in our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI. Some patients notice a difference almost as soon as they put this device in their mouths.

This appliance changes how your teeth fit together to relieve the strain on your jaw. By getting to the problem at its source, your headaches and other pains can become less and less common and less intense.

 

Addressing Your Sleep Patterns At The Dentist Office

Rest and recovery are essential for all of us. Sleep is the when we experience both of those things at the same time.

You’ve probably had a night when you didn’t sleep well and you woke up with a headache the next morning. If that is happening to your every morning, then you could have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that interferes with how deep you are able to sleep.

In addition to headaches (including migraines), sleep apnea can cause frequent daytime sleepiness, irritability, and loud snoring. Your spouse can tell you about that last one (if they haven’t already).

Forever Young Dentistry can help you arrange a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. If your diagnosis is confirmed, then we will move to the treatment stage.

Many times a CPAP machine is recommended as a treatment for sleep apnea. This does work for some people, but we often talk to patients who have trouble using the CPAP machine for any number of reasons.

One person may not like wearing a mask while he sleeps, and another person may be able to sleep because of the sound of her machine.

Oral appliances are another treatment option for people with sleep apnea. Dr. Young can make one that will adjust the position of your jaw to help you breathe easier, which will help you get the recuperative sleep that you need.

And that can make your morning headaches a thing of the past.

 

Enjoy Your Mornings Without Migraines

A morning headache can ruin your whole day. Let Dr. Young show you how we can help by making an oral appliance for you.

Whether you have a teeth grinding issue or a sleep apnea issue, he wants to find the right treatment to end your pain. Call 586-698-7135 or fill out our online form to make an appointment at our dentist office if you are in or near Sterling Heights, MI.