Woman with headacheSpring is here! That means we will all get to enjoy longer days, and spring flowers. For some, spring means that it’s allergy season.  Allergy sufferers can also experience constant headaches that occasionally lead to migraines.

Headaches can affect our everyday lives, often keeping us from being able to think, focus and pay attention.

Migraines, on the other hand, can put a halt to our day. Lights and sounds become unbearable and the excruciating pain and nausea can keep us from doing pretty much anything.

Other Causes of Migraines and Headaches

Allergies are not the only causes of headaches and migraines.

The most common cause of both is stress. The anxiety caused by a pressing or stressful situation causes the body to respond in a way that it defends itself. The fight or flight response restricts blood flow in and through the brain. Certain hormones and chemicals are also released which have negative effects on the neurons in the brain.

Another cause of migraines and headaches includes the congestion associated with colds. Much like allergies, the pressure built up in the sinus can cause pain felt in the head, face and neck.

Headaches and migraines can also be a symptom of a potentially serious dental issue. Your teeth have nerves inside them which give them nourishment and they also act as warning signs to alert you of something wrong, such as an infection. Headaches may also be indicators of jaw and bite problems that can lead to more serious dental and overall health issues.

Headache and Migraine Treatments

There are many headache and migraine treatment options available. While low-grade headaches and migraines can be treated with generic non-aspirin medication that is widely available, most medications needed for more severe and frequent headaches and migraines are only available at the doctor’s office.

For migraines and headaches, there are medications specifically designed for either abortive or preventative purposes. Abortive medications are to be taken immediately after headache or migraine symptoms are felt and are for the purpose of stemming the symptoms from progressing. Preventative medications are aimed at lessening the frequency of migraines and headaches.

For infrequent, low-grade headaches and migraines, some medications include:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Dihydroergotamine
  • Ergotamine tartrate
  • Over- the-counter medications

For more severe and frequent migraines and headaches, the following medications may be recommended:

  • Metoclopramide
  • Prochlorperazine
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Droperidol
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Botox

Many of the pain relieving medications for minor headaches and migraines can also be used to treat aches and pains in other parts of the body, such as a sprained ankle, minor arthritis and toothaches.

When your migraine or headache is caused by a dental issue, sometimes taking medication isn’t the best course of action.

Some dentists utilize safe, effective, drug-free headache and migraine therapy to help relieve patient’s dental-related head and neck pain.

At Danna Smiles, we utilize TruDenta Headache and Migraine Therapy, a safe and effective, noninvasive, drug-free bite and jaw correction treatment. Most patients experience migraines and headaches because of a misaligned bite.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and see if TruDenta is a good treatment for your headaches or migraines.