According to the National Library of Medicine, headaches are a leading cause of missed school and work. TMJ Orofacial Pain Specialists, Jason Pehling, DDS, MS, and Akanksha Gupta BDS, MS and the caring professionals at TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center in Seattle, offer effective treatments to help you find relief from headaches. Drs. Pehling and Guptra provide impactful solutions including Botox®, lifestyle changes, medications, physical medicine, injections, and oral appliance therapy. Dr. Pehling and Gupta look to treat the problems, not just mask the symptoms. Many headaches are a consequence of TMJ disorders, clenching, and posture. Don’t let hammering headaches bring you down when there are successful solutions commonly without the need for daily medications. Book an appointment today.
Headaches are caused by an irritation in your cranial nerves and brain. This commonly happens due to muskuloskeletal strain or degenration but can also be a sign of more serious conditions. Any sudden severe and new headache is a medical emergency and should seek medical care immediately. We also recommend that patients consult their medical doctor for any new headaches so a comprehensive medical evaluation can be done. There are contributing factors thought to trigger a headache, including:
Other key factors that could play a role in triggering headaches are excessive alcohol consumption, processed foods containing chemical substances like nitrates, and stress.
Headaches can be a symptom of autoimmune diseases and certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Teeth clenching and TMJ disorders are often headache triggers.
As well as head pain, in many instances, headaches come along with other symptoms, such as:
You might experience neck and shoulder pain and dysfunction with your headaches.
Head pain can be debilitating and cause other problems, such as cognitive impairment and sleep disruption.
After determining the cause of your headache, Drs. Pehling and Gupta help you decide the best treatment to give you relief and prevent future headaches from occurring.
Depending on the cause of your headache, treatment options could include:
In some cases, a procedure might be necessary to resolve problems associated with TMJ.
During your personal consultation, you’re given valuable information on the variety of treatment options available to you at TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center. Dr. Pehling might decide it’s best to use certain treatments in conjunction.
For many headaches, the goal is to relieve muscle stress and tension — two leading factors. Many treatments are aimed at improving and encouraging the normal range of motion of your joints and muscles in your neck and jaw and decreasing any aggravating factors.
Dr. Pehling might suggest a surgical procedure if there’s clear evidence that a vertebrae or disc is out of place and causing dysfunction and pain. Dr. Pehling collaborates with his medical specialist colleagues frequently.
Find relief from your persistent headaches so you can think clearly again. Call the TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center or use the online scheduler.