Migraine Pain Prevention - Dentist In Orleans - Orleans Dental

If you suffer from tension or migraine headaches, our dentist, Dr. Nguyen (D.M.D.) may have a way to help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches. At Orleans Garden Dental Centre, we offer services that help alleviate pain our patients may be feeling. Migraine headaches are such a hassle at times, making it feel like an emergency. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental services Monday through Saturday. So, whatever you may be experiencing, our dentists can help. 


What is a migraine headache?

A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head.


What is the relationship between migraines and dentistry?

Scientists believe that the way toothaches cause migraines is linked to the trigeminal nerve, which is the fifth of 12 cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve provides sensation to most of your face, including your upper and lower lip, teeth, and gums. It is the motor nerve for the muscles used for chewing, otherwise known as mastication, and contains proprioceptive fibers. These fibers rely on their relationship with the body’s central nervous system and certain soft tissues, meaning it’s the one responsible for any sensations we may feel in our face. Since the trigeminal nerve is connected to the brain and our teeth, it makes sense that an underlying dental condition may be triggering a migraine. 


How can I stop migraine headaches?

You can try the following steps to prevent or stop migraines: 

  • Avoid loud noises and bright lights
  • Pay attention to food choices
  • Keep a headache diary
  • Beware of hormonal changes
  • Take supplements
  • Have one of our dentists in Orleans to prescribe you with a stabilization splint

What is a stabilization splint?

Stabilization splints are appropriate for headache sufferers—as well as those who may be experiencing tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, or those who simply want to protect their mouth’s surfaces during a time of healing. A properly-fitted stabilization splint is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional bite guard. Essentially, they are flat plane splints covering the entire dental arch. It holds your teeth together, preventing your upper and lower teeth from touching while absorbing bite force to prevent damage. 


What are the benefits of a stabilization splint?

Stabilization splints can prevent and/or reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep, which can minimize headaches and create a variety of other benefits:

  • Reduces teeth grinding and abnormal muscle contractions by nearly 70%
  • Doesn’t trigger your gag reflex, meaning you’re more likely to wear it and benefit from it!
  • Costs less and has fewer side effects than prescription drugs
  • Allows you to avoid the need for tooth repair due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep

Are stabilization splints the answer to your headache nightmares?  Talk to our dentists to see if stabilization splints can help you live a happier, more pain-free life. Contact us or book an appointment online

Last Updated On 2021-09-20