Migraines, sinus pains and persistent earaches
can often be caused by clenching of the teeth, especially whilst sleeping when the force exerted can often be as much as fifty times that exerted when you are awake. Nocternal tooth clenching is stress related so as our lives become busier and more stressful these symptoms are becoming more and more common.
Research conducted by the United States Federal Drug Agency found that 82% of migraine sufferers could obtain relief by wearing a dental splint overnight. On average the severity of their symptoms decreased by 77%. The treatment was most effective for patients who actually woke up with headaches or who experienced regular headaches in the early morning and in patients who experienced pain behind their eyes.
Most people find these splints very comfortable to wear. A number of our nurses have been treated very successfully by these devices and would be very happy to talk to you about them. You can also obtain more information on the dental treatment of migraine from The Migraine Trust (Fact Sheet 17 - Jaw Tension in Migraine and Headaches
). The Migraine Trust can be contacted at 55-56 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HP. Telephone 0207 436 1336 www.migrainetrust.org