Many chronic headaches and migraines are caused by involuntary night-time teeth clenching. This leads to hyperactivity of the trigeminal nerve, which can trigger migraine and tension headaches.
Tension headaches usually are felt on the sides of your head as pain or pressure, as tightness around your forehead that may feel like a "vise grip" or an aching pain at your temples or the back of your head and neck.
The NTI Suppression System is a small transparent plastic device, similar to a mouth guard, which is worn over the two front teeth at night to prevent contact of the canines and molars. It is fitted by a dentist trained in the technique. It does not involve any drugs, shots, or surgery.
The NTI prevents:
without drugs or surgery.
Dr. Myers is trained in the employment of this system and has been using it for years. She will do a free examination and consultation to see if the NTI mouth guard will help you. Call (804) 409-3474 to schedule your consultation or click here to request an appointment online.
TMD, Bruxism, chronic tension headaches, migraine...
Did you ever wonder what these symptoms have in common which all can make your life miserable?
They all are controlled and/or moderated by the Trigeminal Nerve.
An overused Trigeminal Nerve can cause hyperactivity which results in excessive jaw muscle contraction during certain stages of sleep. This causes intense jaw clenching and/or vigorous teeth grinding. The Trigeminal Nerve is also involved with chronic headaches, migraines or TMD.
“NTI” refers to the nocturnal inhibition of the harmful sensory input to the Trigeminal Nerve. The NTI device is a dental mouthpiece that a trained dentist provides for the patient. The NTI fits securely on either the patient's upper or lower front teeth while asleep. The patient's unique bite dictates the design of the NTI device.
The NTI device inhibits the canine and molar teeth from touching anything during sleep. This reduces the pathological intensity of jaw clenching and teeth grinding and prevents any resultant TMD or headaches.
The traditional treatment for bruxism has been a night guard - a plastic appliance worn in the mouth similar to an athletic mouth protector. The night guard covers the teeth of one arch, which allows the patient to bite on plastic so there is no tooth-to-tooth contact while biting.
It is key that the molars and canines do not touch anything in order to sufficiently reduce jaw clenching. Both night guards will protect the teeth from wear but the NTI-tss will also prevent TMD and headache pain by preventing canine and molar contact.
Call (804) 409-3474 to schedule a free consultation or click here to
request an appointment online.