Relief for Migraines and Chronic Headaches in Bend, OR
Affecting 39 million men, women, and children in the U.S., and one billion people worldwide, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world.
Did you know that migraines are often related to dental problems? In fact, 86% of people with migraines have been associated with overstimulation of the trigeminal nerve. The largest of 12 cranial nerves, the trigeminal nerve is responsible for stimulating movement in the jaw muscles (among other responsibilities). Overstimulation of this nerve, such as when clenching or grinding your teeth can lead to chronic orofacial pain, headaches, and migraines. Migraines can be effectively treated with or without medication. If you are one of the many experiencing migraines, learn how our Bend OR dental office can help you feel better.
Clenching or grinding your teeth, whether unconsciously when you are awake or while you sleep is called bruxism. In addition to causing tooth wear and broken teeth, it often causes headaches and migraines due to the stress it places on the temporomandibular joint, leading to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This disorder affects up to 15% of adults and most often occurs between the age of 20 and 40.
At Living Dental Health, we believe oral health is part of total health. If you are clenching or grinding your teeth, talk with us about options to help relieve you from this habit.
The Link Between Your Mouth and Your Migraine
Studies have shown that a poor bite can cause chronic migraine headaches. Ideally, when your teeth are fully closed, the mandibular condyles are in a relaxed position. The mandibular condyle is part of the mandibular joint and is located at the back of the mandible, or lower jaw. In people who suffer from chronic headaches, such as migraines, the condyles do not sit in a relaxed position, which can lead to fatigue, stiff neck, and headaches.
How We Can Help Relieve Your Migraine and Chronic Headaches
It may sound strange to see a dentist for migraines, but your jaw is a dentist’s area of expertise. Dr. Andy Engel is able to help relieve your migraines through his innovative approach that uses a TENS unit to relax the jaw muscle. A typical treatment lasts 45 minutes, upon which the jaw muscles are in their most neutral position. Having the muscles in a relaxed state allows Dr. Engel to take precise measurements that are used to design a custom night guard. The combination of the electrical stimulation and the night guard provides a one-two punch for alleviating your migraines.
Meet Your New Dentist
Dr. Andy Engel started Living Dental Health in 2013 with the desire to help his patients quickly and safely address any oral health issues so they can live a healthy, full, and active life here in Central Oregon.
When it comes to patient care, Dr. Engel is a bit of a detective. He strives to understand each patient’s needs and then provides recommendations to help them achieve their desired result. To Dr. Engel, there is no cookie-cutter approach to dentistry.
Dr. Engel firmly believes that his success in helping patients is dependent on the ability to work as a team with his patient to deliver exceptional results. Plus, Dr. Engel wants a patient he can get to know on a first-name basis, so when he sees them around town, he can say hi and pick up where they left off.
When your child is ready to graduate from their pediatric dentist or by their twelfth birthday, we are happy to welcome them into our practice.
Insurance, Financing and Our In-Office Dental Plan
We believe that everyone has a right to the very best health care. And we believe that a healthy mouth is indicative of a healthy body.
Don’t compromise your dental care. Choose a dentist you can trust, regardless of insurance.
At Living Dental Health, we are pleased to be in-network with a variety of dental insurance plans. If your dental plan is not one we are in-network for, we can still provide the same