Headaches and Facial Pain
Headaches and facial pain are very common amongst us all and can be debilitating for sufferers.
Some people have headaches so frequently and have become so accustomed that it has become normal for them. These patients may not seek treatment for headaches, as they manage them with medication or physiotherapy. However, some headaches are so severe that these people will seek out medical attention. If this is you, do come and see us as help is at hand.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
Dentists are highly trained in the anatomy of the face and neck, so it is a no brainer that we can assess and treat your headaches.
Some people have headaches so frequently and have become so accustomed that it has become normal for them. These patients may not seek treatment for headaches, as they manage them with medication or physio. Some headaches are so severe that these people will seek out medical attention.
If this is you, do come and see us as help is at hand.
We will book you in for a thorough consultation assessing your history, that is your medical, social and headache histories. We need to find the root of the cause.
TREATMENT OF HEADACHES AT BFD
Botox or botulinum toxin was first introduced way back in 1977 and is widely used in the medical industry as a muscle relaxant. Of course, it is more commonly known to treat wrinkles.
In dentistry, it is used to treat the tight muscles in the face and jaw. People have come to us after years of trying pain medications, for alternative remedies for headaches. After Botox treatment in the affected facial muscles, their pain has gone. It is administered directly into these muscles, and it takes effect within 2 weeks.
The result lasts 2-3 months and the more frequently you have it the longer the effect lasts due to muscle memory.
Alternatively, a night appliance can be made to help relieve the pressure from grinding on your teeth. It is made of acrylic and is a close-fitting splint that sits on your teeth, normally your top teeth. It separates the top and bottom teeth from grinding over each other, so the pressure is taken up by the splint. It acts as a negative feedback on the muscle activity in the tight face muscles, making them relax even more.
With one or both of these remedies, we may also suggest a referral to see our local osteopath who works within the same parameters as ourselves. Rest assured you are in very good hands with this multidisciplinary approach.
Some extreme cases of facial pain will not benefit from either of these treatments and so our dentists are trained to refer when necessary to oral medicine specialists.
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