Preventing Migraine Headaches

Preventing Migraine Headaches

While there really is no “desirable” type of headache, there is also no doubt that some headaches are far more unpleasant than others. Migraine headaches definitely fit into the latter category. Anyone who has experienced a migraine headache knows that they are far more than just an intense headache–they are actually an extremely uncomfortable, even incapacitating, group of neurological symptoms. In addition to intense, throbbing pain, migraines often also include some amount of visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, numbness in the extremities or face and much more. Those who suffer from even occasional migraines are often desperate for a workable solution, which may possibly force them to consider a variety of over-the-counter or prescription medications. Unfortunately, these medications may not resolve the source of the problem and may even introduce other problems. A more natural and effective solution may be the NTI TSS device.

The NTI TSS Solution

The Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System, or NTI TSS, is a customized device that is fitted in the mouth by a trained dentist. It was originally developed by Dr. James Boyd, who was seeking to resolve the tension-type headaches he suffered from for more than twelve years. Many scientists agree that tension-type headaches and migraines result from teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, which often occurs at night while the individual is sleeping. Since 1988, the NTI TSS has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment and prevention of bruxism, as well as temporomandibular disorders, occlusal trauma, tension-type headaches and migraines.

The NTI TSS is a small plastic device that is worn during the night over the two front teeth. It helps to prevent contact between the canines and molars and also relax the muscles of the face and jaw that likely contribute to the development of migraines. The device works by triggering a nerve reflex that relaxes the muscles while also preventing canines and molars from coming into contact.

As compared to other occlusal guards, the NTI TSS is only a partial-covering device, which can have both benefits and drawbacks. On the one hand, full-covering devices give complete separation between top and bottom teeth, however they are often far more uncomfortable than partial-covering devices like the NTI TSS and can therefore affect one’s quality of sleep. On the other hand, since the NTI TSS simply spreads the front teeth apart, some individuals may feel that it contributes to an open bite that must then be corrected. Swiss scientists indicate that the NTI TSS device is so effective in resolving the problems created by teeth clenching and grinding, such as debilitating migraine headaches, that it is worthwhile to use it in such a way as to minimize or eradicate potential side effects. For example, the individual who is using the NTI TSS device should be monitored regularly by their dentist in order to ensure that it is having the desired results. Its use necessitates regular adjustments so that it works exactly the way that it should.

Choosing the NTI TSS

If you suffer from migraine headaches, it could be highly beneficial to immediately contact your dentist, Dr. Saferin. It may be that the NTI TSS device is appropriate for you, and a more comfortable and natural option than other dental mouthguard appliances or migraine medications. It will be critical to ensure that the device is properly fitted and comfortable, not requiring any adjustment of how you naturally hold your jaw. The time and effort spent on properly installing, monitoring and adjusting the NTI TSS is well worth it, since freedom from migraines and other related problems is absolutely priceless.
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