The FDA has cleared for marketing for the first time, a device that prevents medically diagnosed migraine pain, tension-type headache, and jaw disorders ("TMJ"), without drugs or surgery, through the reduction of trigeminally innervated muscular activity.
Chronic symptoms of the head and neck can often be attributed to:
A) Headache -- the temporalis muscle (it closes and clenches the jaw)
B) Sinus pressure and pain -- the lateral pterygoid muscles (it moves the jaw side to side and/or forward)
C) Neck stiffness and pain -- trapezius muscle (it stabilizes the skull during jaw clenching and grinding)
"Traditional" full coverage dental mouthpieces are soft and cover over the entire arch or are hard and cover only the biting surfaces. A traditional dental mouthpiece, or splint, reduces the resistance of side-to-side movement, thereby reducing the effort and resultant strain to the jaw joint and sinuses (so long as clenching intensity isn't too intense) . However, the same splint also provides an ideal clenching surface, where maximum clenching intensity may increase and/or allow jaw joint problems to perpetuate.
The NTI device is a pre-fabricated matrix that your dentist retro-fits and customizes to your front teeth (sometimes the device is adapted to the lower front teeth...it will still work the same). If only the front teeth are engaged (like biting on a pencil, for example), the temporalis is prevented from achieving its maximum contraction intensity! The NTI device snaps into place and fits comfortably on either the upper or lower front teeth. It is usually worn during sleep and prevents the intensity of muscular parafunction. For migraine sufferers, there is a more discreet version for daytime use, which is usually required (in addition to the nighttime device) for 6 to 8 weeks for best results.
Chronic, intense nighttime muscular parafunction has been shown to be a considerable influence on the triggering of migraine events. In clinical trials, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine patients had a 77% reduction in migraine episodes within the first eight weeks of use.
If any of this sounds like something you experience, call today for a consultation.