Is it Safe to Take Pain Medication for Chronic Headaches?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Wed, 08/27/2014

Pain medications containing acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, and similar drugs can be very effective at treating headache pain. They can also lead to internal damages including liver failure, stomach ulcers, and hypertension when taken in excess. This means that using them to treat chronic headaches may not be the safest idea.

Chronic headaches are often caused by TMJAccording to the American Academy of Craniofacial pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is one of the most common causes of chronic and debilitating headaches. If your headaches are caused by TMJ, no amount of pain medication will be effective at long-term relief. Realignment of the jaw is necessary for lasting relief from TMJ, and accomplishing that requires neuromuscular dentistry.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer a number of neuromuscular treatments that can restore alignment and eliminate the symptoms of TMJ. Your treatment may include immediate relief through TENS therapy along with sustained treatments such as oral appliances or splints. Which solutions are best for you can be determined during your TMJ evaluation with Dr. Miyake.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMJ, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno and surrounding areas of California.