Do you wake up with headaches on a regular basis?
Headaches can be debilitating, and patients may go to extreme lengths to quell their discomfort. Many patients do not consider that their headaches could be treated by a dentist and go years suffering from persistent facial pain and headaches. Chronic headaches could be a sign of a more serious oral health concern such as sleep apnea, a TMJ disorder, or bruxism and can commonly be treated with conservative oral appliance therapy.
A misaligned bite, bruxism, or sleep apnea could be causing your tension headaches. Left untreated, headaches can begin to interfere with a patients quality of life. East Market Dental offers comprehensive, quality treatment for patients who may be suffering from TMD or sleep apnea. Fairfax, VA dentist Dr. Deepti Sareen has years of training to properly spot and treat symptoms of TMD and bruxism helping to provide early intervention for conservative treatment of chronic headaches. We use the most advanced dental technology, 3D Scanning and analysis equipment for more precise diagnosis of the musculoskeletal abnormalities that could be causing chronic headaches. Dr. Sareen provides thorough visual screenings and bites analysis during routine dental exams.
HEADACHES AND BRUXISM
Trauma or misalignment of the temporomandibular joint can result in tension headaches. Dr. Sareen works to help patients find a treatment plan that will prevent teeth grinding and realign their bite to help relieve patients of their discomfort and frustration.
Common symptoms of TMD are:
- Tension in the neck or upper back
- Facial pain
- Difficulty chewing and biting
- Stiffness in the jaw, popping or clicking of jaw
Leaving TMD or bruxism untreated leads to complex dental concerns and can affect the quality of a planets life. Dr. Sareen works with patients to build a personalized treatment plan to address the functional aspects of TMJ. Using a combination of cosmetic, restorative and oral appliance therapy, we can help patients find relief from chronic facial pain.
HEADACHES AND SLEEP APNEA
Frequent headaches are a common indicator that a patient has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes that soft tissues in the oral cavity to collapse, blocking normal oxygen flow during sleep. Patients experience restless sleep and wake up repeatedly gasping for air.
Headaches are caused by the limited oxygen flow to the brain. Patients who feel constantly fatigued, snore loudly and get headaches after waking up should contact their physician to get screened for sleep apnea. Anyone could develop sleep apnea, however, patients with certain lifestyle habits or medical conditions are more likely to develop sleep apnea.
Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Over 40
- Large neck circumference
Dr. Sareen offers oral sleep appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. Oral sleep appliance readjusts the jaw helping to keep the airway open during sleep. Patients are able to breathe normally while they sleep. Many patients enjoy immediate relief from headaches and fatigue after only a few nights of wearing their oral sleep appliance.
AREAS WE SERVE
You may be able to find relief from your chronic headaches at East Market Dental. If you are experiencing frequent headaches related to TMJ, bruxism, or sleep apnea, Dr. Sareen can help you restore your oral health and get back to living your life pain-free. We welcome new patients from communities around Fairfax, Centreville, Chantilly and Reston, VA. To request a consultation, call our office at (703) 291-0198 or click here to request an appointment.