Drug Free Migraine Treatment Cairns
Are you looking for drug-free relief? Future Dental can help!
The only dental splint approved by the TGA is now available at Future Dental. Of the many different causes of migraines and tension-type headaches, severe grinding with clenching of teeth is one of the most common causes. Correct identification of the link between hyperactivity of masticatory (chewing or jaw muscles) and these debilitating life-changing headaches is only possible by a thorough examination of the jaw functions by a dentist well versed in this specialised area of dentistry – and we are one of them!
Headaches, earaches and facial aches can often be reduced with occlusal splint therapy. Our experience in this field dates back to 1973 and we are a centre for referral by specialists. Many different splints are available and only an experienced practitioner well trained in occlusal therapy can give you the right one for your needs.
Drug-free migraine treatment with NTI TSS splints
Clients are often referred to us for continuing investigations into migraine headaches. One of the more common causes of chronic or episodic migraine is hyperactivity of the masticatory muscles. With over 40 years’ experience of assessing these joints and muscles, this has been an area of particular interest to Dr Bob Gibbins. For migraine and tension-type headache prevention, we highly recommend the NTI Tension Suppression System Appliance Splint (NTI TSS). The NTI device is designed specifically to reduce muscular tension, and hence prevents and reduces the muscular-triggering component of migraine and chronic headache disorders.
The NTI also helps prevent nocturnal bruxism, or the clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep. Bruxism affects about 30% of the population with most sufferers not even aware that they are grinding in their sleep, doing untold amounts of damage to their teeth.
The NTI is inexpensive and requires just a 30-minute appointment for its construction. Our clients usually experience rapid relief and are able to stop taking ongoing preventative medications. The success rate of the NTI in treating these debilitating headaches can be double than expected by the use of drugs used in conventional medicine.
Muscle relaxant injections
Once migraine sufferers have had comprehensive specialist or GP medical assessment and they have not been able to successfully prevent or treat their migraine, we will often do a thorough analysis of their masticatory and facial muscles and temporomandibular joints to determine if there is a link between these muscles and joints and their headaches. We may frequently refer clients for further medical assessments prior to us undertaking any treatment.
Only when we have indicated a likely link between migraine and these oro-facial structures, may we be able to administer muscle relaxant injections to these particular muscles to alleviate the symptoms or eliminate these headaches. This typically will give three to four months of relief and will need to be repeated probably every three months to prevent recurrence. Most people are well aware that quite high doses of these relaxant drugs are costly especially if the procedure requires regular repetition.
Future Dental typically reduces the unit fee for these unfortunate people given the very large doses required and frequent need to redo it all, however, the benefits to sufferers can be life-changing when debilitating headaches have ruled their lives.
At times, we may advise you to consider hypnosis to reduce the habit of grinding of your teeth usually in your sleep. We work closely with a clinical psychologist who specialises in medical hypnosis.
If you are a migraine sufferer, you know how much relief and prevention would mean to you. Contact Future Dental today to see if we can make your world a little less painless and a whole lot brighter.