Treatment for Las Vegas Headaches & TMJ Dysfunction
If you have chronic headaches or migraines, you are likely frustrated and suffering already, but finding a doctor who will listen to you and provide better advice than, “Take a pain reliever and get more rest,” shouldn’t be more of a headache. At iSleepSolutions in Las Vegas, Dr. Pamela West and her team provide advanced services to help patients improve their quality of life. We provide customized sleep apnea treatments, therapies to relieve pain from TMJ dysfunction, and yes, we even offer effective treatment for chronic headaches and migraines. If you want to learn more, please call the friendly iSleepSolutions team to schedule your consultation today. We’ll get you headache free in no time.
What Causes Headaches?
There are many causes of headaches. Some, like loud noises, are obvious. Others, may be a little more difficult to pinpoint. Stress, dehydration, sinus inflammation, and a wide range of other seemingly unrelated issues can have adverse effects and lead to headaches. We will ask you a number of questions to help discern the underlying cause of your headaches, so we can provide personalized treatment. One of the many causes of headaches is TMJ dysfunction.
Why Does TMJ Dysfunction Occur?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone. When they are functioning properly, the TMJ allow you to speak, chew, smile, and yawn without pain. When the TMJ are damaged or strained, the result is difficult or painful jaw movements. This can lead to a number of adverse effects, including chronic headaches.
How are Headaches & TMJ Dysfunction Treated?
If you have chronic headaches or migraines, we will begin by helping you determine the causes or triggers of your headaches. This allows us to customize your treatment plan to your unique needs. The first step you’ll take is eliminating headache triggers such as:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of exercise and poor dietary habits
- Poor ergonomics and posture concerns (sitting at desks or in a car for long periods, repetitive motion, etc.)
- Insufficient sleep
As we work with you to make behavioral changes to avoid your headache triggers, we may also recommend the use of preventive medications to help you stop headaches before they begin. For patients with chronic headaches related to TMJ dysfunction, we offer advanced diagnosis and treatment planning that takes advantage of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. We use the K7 and TENS systems. K7 is a unique tool that allows us to precisely monitor your jaw movement. You may feel a little silly with it on your face during diagnosis, but the results can’t be paralleled. This diagnostic tool tells us exactly where your TMJ are strained and allows us to plan for precise treatment. We can then use an oral appliance to reposition the jaw during sleep, preventing unconscious movements and relieve strain. We may also recommend treatment using the TENS system. This advanced technology uses electronic vibrations to stimulate nerves relieving pain. Whatever treatment we try, we’ll keep working until you are pain free.