"There are up to seven million tension-type headache sufferers in Australia"
Is your life being affected by stress and tension headaches? Are migraines holding you back from living your life to the fullest? It's time to identify the cause of your pain.
If constant headaches, pain, lack of sleep and poor concentration are affecting your everyday activities, The Dental Boutique may be able to discover the source of your problem and offer premium treatments.
Are your headaches a dental problem?
There is a high chance that your headaches are caused by stress. Even if it is a physiological problem that’s creating tension in your head and jaw, stress can work as an extreme catalyst. Stress affects your bite and jaw posture, leading to headaches and migraines.
90% of tension headaches are caused by myalgia – this is inflammation of the muscles of the face, neck and jaw. Inflamed muscles are swollen muscles, and this means the nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics between the muscles and the bones in your jaw are inflamed and uncomfortable.
Tension headaches may also alert your dental practitioner to an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea. Regardless of what’s causing your headaches, the team at The Dental Boutique will diagnose and treat your condition.
There are many signs that your headaches are being caused by an underlying oral health issue, including:
- Headaches or migraines that are especially prominent when you wake up in the morning
- Noisy jaw joints – crunching or clicking
- Excessive clenching during the day or while asleep
- Tooth grinding – this is called bruxism
The Right Treatment For You
The Dental Boutique offers effective treatment solutions for headaches, however it’s essential an assessment is made prior to commencement of any other dental treatment.
Once we’ve established the root cause of your headache, The Dental Boutique will recommend one of our high-quality treatment options. Effective treatment is available through neuromuscular dentistry where we work to relax the jaw joint and restore its natural alignment.
If your headache is related to an ongoing sleep disorder, such as bruxism or sleep apnoea, our practitioners will create a specialised oral appliance that prevents your jaws from grinding throughout the night. If your jaw pain is extreme and our treatments don’t alleviate the problem, the absolute last resort is surgery.
As a specialist area of dentistry, only a minority of dentists is trained to diagnose and treat jaw joint dysfunction. We’re proud to say The Dental Boutique is home to one of Australia’s leading dentists in this specialty area, Dr Leanne Malisano.