With all the various causes and symptoms, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat headaches. What we know about them is constantly changing as more and more studies are released, and it is not uncommon for patients to cope with the pain and stress of a headache for long periods of time before discovering the cause.
If a headache persists beyond a few days, it’s wise to visit a healthcare professional and get it diagnosed before the symptoms become more severe. Most people, when experiencing chronic symptoms, are keen to seek help from physicians, physical therapists, and psychologists. But did you know that headaches can also be diagnosed and treated by your dentist?
If you are like most people, you will, on occasion, clench or grind your teeth while you sleep. If this becomes a habit, it can cause “tension headaches” directly related to the long-term spasming of the jaw and neck muscles. Those suffering from this specific type of headache may benefit from using “nightguards” or bite splints, which provide a stable place for the jaw to close without allowing jaw muscles to contract to their maximum force. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re clenching or grinding your teeth at night, ask your dentist and he or she will decide if treatment is right for you.
If you suffer from headaches and have not received any successful treatment, feel free to contact Dr. Huff at his office in Dover, OH at 330-364-2011.