Migraines

Did you know your dentist can treat migraine headache prevention? Learn more about tension suppression system treatment at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Rocky Point, New York.

It is estimated that 23 million Americans over the age of 12 suffer from severe migraine headaches. However, not all headache sufferers seek professional medical attention, so it is a condition that is underdiagnosed.

The International Headache Society defines a migraine as headache pain that: 

  • Lasts four to 72 hours
  • Has at least two of the following characteristics: Unilateral, Pulsating, Moderate to severe intensity
  • Interferes with normal routine physical activity
  • Is accompanied by at least one of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, and light or sound sensitivity
  • Cannot be traced to a particular disease.

Migraine headache treatment on Long Island

Migraine sufferers who do seek help typically visit family practitioners, internists, ophthalmologists, or neurologists. Many people don’t think to visit a dentist to ease their troubles, but Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry are offering a very affordable and non-invasive migraine headache prevention system.

We understand the tremendous agony you must be suffering that interferes with daily activities, hurts productivity, and diminishes quality of life. Our compassionate dentists specialize in one of the most clinically effective solutions for migraine headache prevention.

How can a headache dentist help? 

Migraines are considered a disorder of the Trigeminal nerve system. The brain, the sinuses, and jaw deliver sensory information through this channel. Neurologists can treat triggers from the forehead, scalp, and sinus to the brain, but they do not deal with the jaw trigger for migraines that affect so many people – particularly those who wake up with migraines.

The current hypothesis is that many people clench their jaws at night, which places tremendous pressure on the jaw joints and bombards the Trigeminal nerve with negative feedback. Over time, these people become hypersensitive to this migraine trigger and the frequency and/or severity of the migraines increase to intolerable levels.

In their migraine therapy, our dentists seek to stop nocturnal jaw clenching with a small, non-intrusive device worn only at night to relieve pressure. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick are specially trained in the creation of these nightguards. Teeth impressions are taken right here in our office during a quick and painless visit — without any drugs, shots, or surgery.

NTI tension suppression

The N.T.I. Tension Suppression System is a custom-fitted plastic nightguard that fits over the two upper front teeth to prevent involuntary jaw-clenching that leads to severe headaches. It was approved by the FDA in 2001 for the “prevention of medically diagnosed migraine pain.” In less than a year, more than 200,000 migraine sufferers had adopted the treatment, according to the Old Post Gazette.

Evidence in favor of dental migraine therapy:

  • In clinical trials reviewed by the FDA, 82 percent of patients report a 77 percent average reduction in the number of migraines suffered after using the N.T.I. Tension Suppression System for a week or two.
  • In a follow-up study of patients with “severe and disabling” headaches, 65 percent had a 71 percent average reduction in morning headaches and 75 percent of patients reported “significantly improved quality of life.”

Other methods of migraine headache prevention

While there are other types of migraine therapy, few compare to the effectiveness of N.T.I. Tension Suppression.

  • Medications – Oral prophylactic treatment rarely exceeds 55 percent efficiency in clinical trials and the side effects often outweigh the benefits. For instance, 13 percent of those taking the anticonvulsant Divalproex Sodium dropped out of trials due to nausea, stomach upset, dizziness, insomnia, and diarrhea. At best, those who continued the trials reported around a 50 percent reduction in migraine. Those who are willing to endure the same number of migraines with shorter duration can try sumatriptan, but at a cost of $50 per dose, few can afford it. Furthermore, most migraine sufferers do not wish to take medication if they can help it.
  • Botox – Recently, the use of Botox for the treatment of migraines has received a lot of notoriety in the press. In a double-blind study of 123 subjects who had two to eight moderate-to-severe headaches per month, Botox was found to reduce frequency and severity. Today reported that one migraine sufferer said her number of attacks had been cut in half by Botox, but it felt “like being stung repeatedly in the head.” It is also an expensive way to treat migraines, with one session costing patients $300 to $600 – and repeated every three months.
  • Full coverage splints – A larger mouthpiece may be necessary for patients with severe nocturnal teeth grinding, as well as jaw clenching. While the effectiveness is well documented, it has been discovered that all it takes is a small custom-fitted mouthguard to prevent the back teeth from touching, which is more cost effective for patients and also less invasive.

Cost of a Tension Suppression System

The national average cost of the N.T.I. system is $325, although prices can range from $175 to $1,200 depending on a patient’s needs. Here at Long Island Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping patients find affordable migraine therapy — whether you gain insurance coverage, use your medical savings account funds, or arrange an affordable monthly payment plan with our office.

Migraine headache prevention in Suffolk County, NY

Migraine patients are some of the toughest people we’ve ever met. Day in and day out, they have suffered through horrible head, jaw, neck, and shoulder pain. They have tried many different therapies that do not work before coming to a headache dentist for help. We understand how frustrating this can be and are pleased to offer the tension suppression system for relief from these terrible episodes.

Contact us at 631-744-5700 to discuss how this affordable, effective, and non-invasive migraine therapy can improve the quality of your life.

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