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Your Dentist Can Help With Migraine Headaches

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from the debilitating pain of migraine headaches, you know that the pain can be so severe that you are unable to perform even simple day to day activities.  Often accompanied by nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and noise, migraines can last from a few hours to days.  Only a migraine sufferer can understand the frustration and depression that result from living with migraine headaches.

Migraine sufferers have tried a wide variety of treatments to alleviate their suffering, but most rely on medications that prevent or lessen the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches or medications that relieve the pain and other symptoms during a migraine.

Thanks to the development of a simple dental appliance, migraine relief may be as close as your dentist’s office.  A small plastic device called the NTI night guard system fits over your front teeth and may be an alternative to help reduce the number and intensity of migraine headaches for some migraine sufferers.  The NTI night guard system has been FDA approved for the treatment of some migraine and other types of tension headaches.

Research has shown that teeth grinding can trigger or contribute to migraine headaches.  Most people involuntarily grind their teeth while sleeping, some more than others.  The NTI night guard works to prevent your teeth from touching which prevents the teeth grinding from triggering a migraine headache.

The NTI is much smaller than most other types of night mouth guards which means it is more comfortable and more likely that the patient will use it.  The NTI must be fitted to each patient by a qualified dentist.  Call your dentist today to see if they offer the NTI night guard system.

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