Having chronic headaches can severely disable an otherwise healthy individual. They can lower your activity level, drain your energy, and even make you irritable and depressed. As a result, both personal and professional relationships can be negatively affected. Chronic headache pain is one of the United States’ most prevalent health problems, and according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 157 million days of work/school were lost last year due to debilitating chronic headache pain. What’s more, when asked, nearly everyone recently surveyed reported at least occasional recurring headache pain, with the number of chronic sufferers reaching over 45 million annually.
There are four different “types” of chronic head pain: tension, traction, inflammatory, and vascular. Regardless of what type of pain is experienced in the head, neck, or face, it is all referred to by the broad term headache. The web of connected nerves in your face, head, and neck all experience sensation through a “nerve root” called the trigeminal nucleus. Since this nerve root collects all the sensory information from the head/neck/mouth area of the body, it is often an underlying condition somewhere within these areas that causes chronic, severe headaches.
It’s not uncommon for chronic headache sufferers to lose hope and feel that they’ll never experience life without headaches, especially after undergoing extensive testing by different specialists and not finding a lasting, pain-relieving solution. Although recommendations to manage their stress and change their diet can be beneficial to overall health, doing so may not target the cause of their painful symptoms. Chronic headache pain sufferers are often left taking a cocktail of over-the-counter or prescription drugs or worse, told their pain isn’t real or that it’s “all in their heads.” People who have coped with chronic headache pain may feel defeated by such a statement, and a key factor in pain management and treatment is a positive attitude.
Now there is finally a solution for chronic headaches that offers lasting pain relief. Unlike some traditionally offered treatments, the TruDenta approach to therapy and pain relief actually addresses and treats the sources of the problem instead of temporarily masking the pain. Using a combination of techniques that have been proven effective in sports medicine to speed an athlete’s recovery, the TruDenta system targets the improper muscle forces in the head, neck, and jaw area that cause painful conditions.
Evaluations include objective, computer-assisted imaging to pin-point a patient’s issues. Then, based on the findings, in-office treatment involves a personalized program of gentle (laser) light therapy, electrical stimulation, muscle manipulation, and customized orthotic device worn inside the mouth. Patients also follow a specific at-home continuing care program. This includes information and exercises to be done at home between treatments. These combined therapies are proven to relieve severe and chronic headache pain by re-training the muscles and nerves connected by the trigeminal nucleus to function properly, thus restoring comfort.
The TruDenta pathway to care presents several benefits that people suffering with chronic headache and migraine pain might not encounter with some traditional solutions. The TruDenta approach relieves pain without pills or dangerous, costly injections. It corrects the nerve and imbalanced muscle function without invasive procedures. And, whereas most other common treatments stop at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, the TruDenta program provides patients with an at-home care kit that helps put them in control. Best of all, the TruDenta treatment from dentists has provide real, lasting pain relief to people who truly believed there was no such thing as a life without headaches.
Dentists like Dr. Stannard who use the TruDenta approach have experienced a 93% success rate, and most patients notice marked pain relief after just one visit. Bringing this kind of relief to patients after a long period of pain is also rewarding for Dr. Stannard. When asked how he felt about the TruDenta system and its results, Dr. Stannard said, “It really is incredible to watch a person transform from someone plagued with chronic, disabling pain, into a happier, healthier individual. That is essentially what all healthcare professionals strive for, and the TruDenta approach to therapeutic treatment helps us achieve that for our patients.”
In conclusion, the chronic headache epidemic is a real problem in America, and now thanks to dentists like Dr. Stannard who use the TruDenta system for care, there is a real solution. If you, like so many others, have suffered with chronic headaches, there is hope. When it seems like nothing has helped and there will never be relief, don’t give up. Call Specialized Dentistry to learn more and see if TruDenta is right for you, and imagine how much your life could change.
Some TruDenta patients have provided testimonials, and they all essentially say the same thing. The TruDenta system is life changing.
“After 40 years of headaches, I haven’t had another one in the 15 months since I completed treatment.”
“I had headaches all day, every day. I was taking probably 24 ibuprofen pills a day. [Since the treatment], I haven’t taken ibuprofen for headaches in four weeks!”