Migraine Pain Prevention St. Albert - Dentist in St. Albert

If you suffer from tension or migraine headaches, our St. Albert dentists may have a way to help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches: Stabilization splints. Appropriate for headache sufferers as well as those who may be experiencing tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, or those who simply want to protect their mouth’s surfaces during a time of healing a properly-fitted stabilization splint is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional bite guard. 


What causes migraine headaches?

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they're thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily affecting nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. 


How are dentistry and migraines connected?

Scientists believe that the way toothaches cause migraines is linked to the trigeminal nerve, which is the fifth of 12 cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve is the motor nerve for the muscles used for chewing, otherwise known as mastication, and contains proprioceptive fibers. These fibers rely on their relationship with the body’s central nervous system and certain soft tissues, meaning it’s the one responsible for any sensations we may feel in our face. Since the trigeminal nerve is connected to the brain and our teeth, it makes sense that an underlying dental condition may be triggering a migraine. 


What is the best thing to do for a migraine in St. Albert?

Tips to Relieve Migraine Pain:

  • Rest in a quiet, dark room. Many people with migraines report sensitivity to light and sound. 
  • Apply a hot or cold compress. Place the compress across your forehead or the back of your neck.
  • Try mindful meditation.
  • Smell the lavender.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Massage your temples.
  • Speak to your dentist during your dental checkup in St. Albert about stabilization splints.

What is a stabilization splint?

Stabilization splints are flat plane splints covering the entire dental arch. It holds your teeth together, preventing your upper and lower teeth from touching while absorbing bite force to prevent damage. Fortunately, at our family dentistry in St. Albert, we offer stabilization splints. 

What are the benefits of stabilization splints?

Stabilization splints can prevent and/or reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep, which can minimize headaches and create a variety of other benefits:

  • Reduces teeth grinding and abnormal muscle contractions by nearly 70%.
  • Doesn’t trigger your gag reflex, meaning you’re more likely to wear it and benefit from it!
  • Costs less and has fewer side effects than prescription drugs.
  • Allows you to avoid the need for tooth repair due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep.

Are stabilization splints the answer to your headache nightmares? Contact us at McKenney Corner Dental Care in St. Albert to see if stabilization splints can help you live a happier, more pain-free life.

Last Updated On 2021-10-28