Why do I experience chronic headaches when I wake up?
Headaches that develop in the morning could be an indication of complex dental health concerns. From sleep apnea to teeth grinding, your oral health could be causing your chronic headaches. Dr. Marvin Kaplan provides innovative, state of the art dental solutions for headaches associated with TMJ, sleep apnea, bruxism, and malocclusion.
The facial musculoskeletal system is made up of many tiny intricate muscles, tendons and the jaw joints that are all interconnected. Stress or agitation of some of these muscles or joints can cause painful symptoms throughout the face, neck, and head.
Dental Concerns Cause Headaches
Headaches that occur in the morning shortly after waking are often a symptom of bruxism (teeth grinding). Patients who habitually grind their teeth while they sleep risk developing a range of secondary dental health complications. Commonly those who grind their teeth in their sleep also develop complex TMJ or bite disorders leading to chronic facial and jaw pain.
Sleep apnea can also cause reoccurring headaches. A sleep disorder that disrupts normal oxygen flow during sleep apnea is commonly accompanied by headaches, chronic fatigue or difficulty concentrating. While not all patients think of their dentist when seeking treatment for sleep apnea, Dr. Kaplan offers sleep apnea oral sleep appliances to reduce side effects of sleep apnea.
Crooked teeth are another common underlying cause of headaches. Misaligned teeth can cause an imbalance in the bite and cause tension in the jaw, head, and face. Invisalign clear aligners can help to discreetly realign crooked teeth and may alleviate painful headache symptoms.
Request A Consultation, Find Relief from Headaches
Patient suffering from reoccurring headaches often find little to no relief from medicinal treatments. Treating the underlying dental concern causing headaches can provide long-term relief from painful symptoms. Do not let daily headaches interfere with the quality of your life. If you suffer from headaches, contact our Cincinnati, OH area dentist office at (513) 342-2644 to request a personal consultation and exam.