The field of migraine prevention therapy
has been at somewhat of a standstill. Although numerous
drugs are now on the market which are intended to subdue
migraine pain after the attack has already begun, preventing
migraine has been less than satisfactory.
However, research has found one
common factor to all migraine and tension-type headache
sufferers: tender and sore temple and scalp muscles
caused by intense and prolonged jaw clenching during
sleep. Not teeth grinding, but jaw clenching
there is a world of difference.
Established research has shown:
- Jaw clenching muscles of migraine suffers are 70%
larger in volume and generate significantly higher
bite forces than control subjects.
- Migraine sufferers who experience headaches soon
after or upon waking show significant evidence of
nocturnal jaw clenching.
- Tension-type headache patients contract their temporalis
muscles (clench their jaw) during sleep, on average,
14 times more intensely that asymptomatic controls.
If you are suffering from headaches an oral appliance may help to alleviate your symptoms. Our dentists will listen to your concerns and analyze which type of oral appliance may be best suited to help you.