Headaches and Neckpain

Why do I have headache (migraines or tension headache)?

One in eight people suffer from recurring headaches that are so severe they cannot carry out normal living. An estimated 80% of all headaches occur from muscle tension.

Did you know that many tension headaches are related to your bite? The important aim then is to correct your bite.

Can there be other causes for my headache (migraines or tension headache)?

Yes. People should rule out serious medical possibilities first with their doctor before any dental intervention 

What are the main causes of headache (migraines or tension headache)?

A primary cause of all tension headaches, jaw and facial muscle pain is bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching teeth) which in turn is caused by a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnoea

How do we diagnose what the cause of my headache (migraines or tension headache) is?

We take a good medical and dental history which includes a series of questions and an examination. We look for any signs and symptoms of bruxism and sleep disorders. Scans may be taken to evaluate other problems. If a sleep disorder is suspected then we will organise for a sleep study to be performed.

What will be the treatment for my headache (migraines or tension headache)?

Depending on the cause we will treat appropriately. Sleep disorders are treated according to the cause of the problem. Please click here to see options

For some sufferers, dental work or the use of a dental appliance may alleviate the pain associated with TMJ. Simply improving the bite or the use of a nightguard/occlusal splint to cushion grinding teeth can make a marked improvement.

Please call our centre on 02 9264 9120 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss your headache problem. 

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