Frequent headaches can be one of the most frustrating things you experience, especially when it feels as if treatment options are limited. The problem, of course, is the widely varying nature of headaches. While some headache sufferers may find sinus medication to be an apt treatment, others may find that treating their temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is more effective. The key to finding the right treatment for you is assessing your own circumstances. Not every headache is created equal, and each one requires its own form of treatment. If you’ve been struggling with headaches for awhile, use this guide to determine the type of headaches you’ve been experiencing so that you get the proper treatment.

Identify Your Headaches

Are Your Headaches Sinus Related?

The sinus cavities are pockets of space inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. They can become inflamed due to an allergic reaction caused by something present in the air, most commonly a certain type of pollen, they can become blocked, causing pressure buildup. Sinus headaches occur most during allergy season, and are generally accompanied by a runny nose, fever, or swelling in the face. The best treatment for sinus headaches are to treat the allergies causing sinus buildup by seeing a doctor. Sometimes sinusitis, a bacterial or viral infection of the sinuses, can also cause sinus headaches.

What’s a Migraine?

According to the the Migraine Research Foundation, something like 1 in 4 U.S. households include someone who frequently experiences migraines. Despite being so common, however, they can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from other types of headaches. The general symptoms of migraines can include sensitivity to light, vomiting, and pain on one side of the head — though it is possible to experience a migraine on both sides of the head. Migraines also tend to be accompanied by what’s known as an aura, which can include unusual smells or tastes or seeing flashes of light and unusual lines 10 to 30 minutes before the headache. If you are suffering from a migraine, cataloguing and avoiding triggers can help.

What Are Tension Headaches?

One of the most common headaches out there, tension headaches generally feel like the head is being squeezed in a vice. Although pain is generally mild, tension headaches can often trigger migraines. Because tension headaches are believed to be caused by muscle contractions in the head, some have linked them with TMJ. TMJ are disorders of the temporomandibular joint which cause neck pain, jaw pain, muscle soreness, lockjaw, and frequent headaches. The temporomandibular joint is a complicated piece of musculoskeletal machinery in the head. When it fails to function properly, it can cause many symptoms, some very far from the site of origin.

Treating TMJ can be done by your local dentist without the use of drugs. After a thorough consultation, your dentist can establish the proper jaw position needed to help the joint heal, and use this information to design a mouth splint that will fit those specifications. This splint is worn at night to prevent tooth grinding, and to help initiate the healing process.

Finding solutions for TMJ can be done preferably by a trained neuromuscular dentist without the use of drugs. If you are looking for relief from your TMJ symptoms in Wichita Falls, TX, please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment with one of our neuromuscular dentists at StarImage Dentistry.