Drug Free Relief for Chronic Headache Pain If you are one of the millions who suffer from the debilitating effects of migraine or tension headaches, your dentist may not be the first healthcare provider you think to call.  But think again.  Dentists are now leading the charge in the fight against chronic headache pain.  TheirRead More

 

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on October 7, 2010

Drug Free Relief for Chronic Headache Pain

Drug Free Relief for Chronic Headache Pain

If you are one of the millions who suffer from the debilitating effects of migraine or tension headaches, your dentist may not be the first healthcare provider you think to call.  But think again.  Dentists are now leading the charge in the fight against chronic headache pain.  Their weapon of choice is a very small device with a very long name—Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System—or NTI device, for short.

Designed by a dentist (and migraine sufferer), the NTI device is no bigger than the end of your thumb.  It is a clear and removable appliance worn while you sleep. When inserted it prevents teeth from coming into intense contact, effectively short-circuiting one’s ability to clench. The result is a reduction in the intensity of neuromuscular contractions of the muscles in the head, neck, and jaw by as much as 66%.

Though the exact origin of migraine pain has yet to be determined, it has been duly concluded that clenching of the jaw can be a significant contributing factor in severity and frequency of headache pain (in general) and migraine pain (specifically). While it’s normal to occasionally clench as you sleep, excessive clenching results in exaggerated contraction and overworking of the muscles of the head, neck, and jaw.  The resultant strain and spasms can cause considerable and chronic pain.  What’s more, disruption of the REM sleep cycle can leave one feeling weak and tired.

Research clearly indicates that relaxation of these overstrained muscles can greatly reduce the severity and the recurrence of chronic headaches and promote more restful sleep, making the NTI device a highly effective tool of treatment.  In fact, 82% of migraine sufferers experienced an average of 77% reduction in migraine pain after sustained use.*

If you are a headache sufferer, you may not even be aware that you are clenching.  Ask yourself these diagnostic questions:  Do you have frequent head, neck or jaw pain?  Do you often feel fatigued or uncomfortable, even after a full night’s sleep?  Do you feel stiffness or soreness in your neck or jaw?  If your answer to any of these questions is yes, allow the skilled staff of the Spodak Dental Group the opportunity to assess your case. In as little as one hour, their doctors can determine if you could benefit from the use of an NTI device and can custom fit and fabricate your appliance while you wait.  Many patients begin feeling relief in as little as a few days.

The NTI device is FDA approved for the treatment of migraine headache pain and, according to Dr. Craig Spodak, has proven to be an effective, affordable, and drug free solution for many of his patients.  “At the Spodak Dental Group,” he says, “our commitment is to the overall wellbeing of our patients.  We feel gratified to offer them a drug free alternative to traditional pharmacological treatments.”

The Spodak Dental Group offers comprehensive dental care covering a broad range of both general and specialty services in a singular setting.  Call 561-498-0050 or visit them on the web at www.SpodakDental.com.

Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0L3qebfJfg to see a video describing the NTI in more detail.

*Visit  www.nti-tss.com for scientific details and explanation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Dr. Craig Spodak is a third generation dentist who joined his father’s practice in Delray Beach, Fla. after graduating from Tufts University in 1998. His dream was to change the way patients experience dental care and he developed a new vision for the modern dental practice with a goal to deliver comprehensive dental care in a singular, all inclusive practice. He created one of the world’s only LEED Gold Certified dental facilities, which boasts not only a team of the finest dental and medical professionals from all disciples of the field, but also a holistic environment that comforts patients. Dr. Craig is an expert lecturer for Invisalign and Spodak Dental Group is one of the few Top 1 Percent providers of Invisalign in the world.


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