5. Headaches First-Thing in the Morning
Another instance in which you should be concerned about headaches is if they occur first thing in the morning. These are common after a night filled with drinking but also if you have untreated sleep apnea. Other signs you should watch for that indicate sleep apnea include loud snoring, choking or coughing during sleep, sleepiness during the day, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, frequent urination at night, irritation or moodiness, weight gain, and insomnia.
If you experience one or more of the symptoms listed above, we strongly encourage you to get tested for sleep apnea. This involves wearing a sleep test device while you sleep that is later evaluated by a sleep physician. Based on the data they collect, they will be able to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. Then, once you have your diagnosis, Dr. Stafford at Bite Align in Fort Atkinson can help you find the best sleep apnea treatment to fit your lifestyle. Our dental practice offers oral appliance therapy as well as the DNA appliance. Both are comfortable and effective alternatives to CPAP.
6. Headaches With Other Symptoms
The last reason you should be concerned about your headaches and migraines is if they’re accompanied by other symptoms such as jaw, back, and neck pain, chipped or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, ringing in the ears, vertigo, tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers, stuffy ears, limited jaw opening, and insomnia. If you experience frequent headaches and migraines in addition to any of these symptoms, it’s very likely you have a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders occur when there is an imbalance between the two jaw joints. The imbalance can cause a strain on surrounding tissue and muscle and result in the symptoms discussed above.
At Bite Align, we offer TMJ treatment to help rebalance the jaw joints and relieve you of your painful symptoms. This may involve wearing an oral appliance and reconstructive dentistry for long-lasting results.
Get Headache and Migraine Relief in Fort Atkinson
If you’re suffering from frequent headaches and migraines, our Fort Atkinson TMJ and sleep dentist might be able to help. Please contact our dental office at (920) 563-7323 to book an appointment with Dr. Stafford. Dr. Stafford will examine your teeth, discuss your symptoms, use advanced dental technology for further diagnosis, and refer you for a home sleep test if necessary. Once we can diagnose your problem, we can provide effective treatment to relieve you of frequent headaches and migraines.