Can your Dentist Really Treat a Headache?

Would you believe that your dentist might actually be able to alleviate those migraine and tension headaches?

I was experiencing frequent headaches and having a tough time working through the pain. At times the headaches were simply a dull nuisance and at other times they were excruciating, making me sensitive to light, sound, and frankly, just my general state of consciousness. As a dentist, I frequently heard similar stories from my patients.

Speaking with my colleagues about the causes and connections associated with the onset of headaches, I learned about a new non-drug treatment that helps treat and prevent those painful and annoying episodes. It’s the only non-drug treatment that has been both tested and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for the prevention of migraine headaches.

The treatment is called NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition) and it is a light, portable, and painless solution to nighttime teeth clenching, a common trigger of tension headaches and migraines. To use it, patients slip a tiny, transparent device onto their upper front teeth when they go to bed at night.

It works by relaxing the muscles that cause clenching or mastication (chewing or grinding). I started to notice NTI therapy in the press after Diane Sawyer talked about it on Good Morning America and thought I would research it for my patients and myself. As a tried and true “patient” of NTI therapy, I can wholeheartedly recommend this drug and pain-free treatment to my patients who suffer similar woes.

Because it is primarily a nighttime treatment, it does not interfere with daily function. People who use it report fewer or diminished headaches. Another positive result of NTI treatment is patients’ reduction or elimination of over the counter or prescription headache medications.

I know I am functioning at full speed thanks to using NTI to treat my headaches. I am especially glad the treatment is so easy, discreet, cost effective, and drug-free. I’d be happy to tell you more about my experience or learn more about your headache aggravations to see if NTI might be right for you.

What do you think of this new solution? Is there anything that would make you reluctant to try NTI to reduce or eliminate your tension or migraine headaches?

I’d love your feedback on this topic!

~Dr. Ushma Patel

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