Are my symptoms from TMJ?
Craniofacial pain can include:
- Popping/clicking jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Muscular/facial pain
- Nerve disorders
- Referred ear pain, fullness, or ringing
- Neck pain
Many times headaches and even migraines have a craniofacial pain component, or are completely craniofacial pain related.
We have treated numerous patients who thought they had migraine type headaches, who actually had a muscular (or tension type) headache, usually due to clenching of their teeth.
Here are some clues that your migraine; may not be a true migraine at all:
- Often have daily headaches
- Often wake with a headache
- Migraine medications like Zomig and Imitrex don’t “abort” the headache
- Advil or Excedrin help your headaches
- You are aware of clenching your teeth or have been told that you do
- Your headaches are usually in your temples, behind your eyes or in the back of your head
A dental appliance called the NTI-TSS is approved by the FDA for use in the prophylactic treatment of medically diagnosed migraine pain as well as migraine associated tension type headaches.
The doctors have personally treated many patients with this appliance to successfully reduce or eliminate their headaches, even when other medical treatments had failed.
Stop suffering from jaw pain and discomfort. Find out how we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Linked Health Issues
Sleep Apnea is also considered a risk factor for several serious health problems, such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
*Note that most insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment.
Affects Children Also
Sleep apnea also affects children. Usually this is due to the child having large tonsils that obstruct the airway; just like in adults, often snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway. Some of the problems common in children that have been linked to sleep apnea include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Mood disorders
- Bed wetting
- Problems learning
- Growth problems
To see if your child may be at risk, view the video of sleep apnea in children.
Affects Sleep Partner
Sleep apnea can also adversely affect the sleep of the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea. Please click the link to read a study done by the Mayo Clinic on the effect of sleep apnea and snoring on the bed partner.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The quality of your sleep greatly affects your quality of life. The good news is that help is readily available from a sleep apnea clinic and usually doesn’t require medications. If you think you may have sleep apnea or you know someone who might, please ask us for a referral to a qualified sleep specialist in your area, or talk to your primary care doctor. Treating sleep apnea can add more life to your years and more years to your life.
Oral appliance therapy has become a widely used and accepted method of treating sleep disordered breathing. The gold standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although CPAP is usually very effective in treating OSA, there are many patients who are not able to tolerate its use. If you have tried to use CPAP but have given up on using the therapy, an oral appliance may be for you. Contact CPC Idaho, your sleep apnea clinic, for a consultation.