Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The NTI-tss is indicated for migraine prevention. It is a small nightguard that comfortably fits over your four front teeth. Its patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces.

2010 International Headache Society Meeting Features NTI as Safe and Effective Headache Treatment


Are isolating yourself in dark rooms or popping handfuls of aspirin your ideas of headache relief?  An increasingly popular dental treatment was presented at the 2nd European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress meeting in Nice, France. Neurologist, Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld presented a poster  about the safety and effectiveness of the NTI therapeutic protocol for the treatment of headaches and migraines.

Dr. Blumenfeld's presentation was based on survey responses from nearly 600 dentists that provided more than 75,000 NTI splints to their patients. The participating dentists reported the NTI served as an effective treatment for headaches in more than 90% of these patients. Dr. Blumenfeld's presentation also showed the NTI to result in undesirable clinical changes in less than 2% of patients. These findings were also published by Dr. Blumenfeld in The Journal of Headache and Pain. This is the only headache treatment I'm aware of that has been demonstrated to be this safe and effective. 

 In previous research that garnered the NTI its FDA approval, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine sufferers experienced a 77% reduction in painful migraine episodes.

 Not all dentists offer the NTI splint but it is widely available from thousands of dental practices throughout the US. If you're tired of headaches, you can find an NTI-prescribing dentist here.

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Clenching Your Teeth May Contribute to Migraines

There are a number of ideas about the cause of migraine headaches ranging from theories involving a genetic component to dietary triggers and weather changes. While the burgeoning field of migraine research continues to shed light on the numerous contributing factors, one point is clear: Migraine is a result of a hypersensitized trigeminal nerve.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "A hypersensitized WHAT?!?!" A hypersensitized trigeminal nerve. It's a nerve in your brain that has two divisions. The first is a motor division that controls the muscles of mastication. These are the muscles involved in chewing, namely the temporalis, masseters, and lateral pterygoids. The second division is a sensory division. Think of it as a sensory map of your head and face. Following me so far?
Picture the trigeminal nerve as a bucket. Throughout the day, your bucket is filled with negative input. This can be in the form of physical pain, mental stress or other negative input. The bucket fills throughout the day and when you sleep, the bucket should drain. Draining the bucket overnight allows you to wake up without pain.

What if your bucket doesn't drain properly though? If you're one of the millions of Americans that clench or grind your teeth at night (known as bruxism), you've probably experienced morning headache. This may be due to your bucket overflowing. Instead of draining as it's supposed to, your bucket continues to fill with negative input from the faucet of bruxism. 

Bruxism should be viewed as another migraine trigger but one that can be easily controlled. There are countless theories about the causes of bruxism but no one knows how to stop it. However, there are ways to minimize its intensity and by doing so, limiting the amount of negative input into your bucket, possibly preventing a migraine event.
 
The NTI-tss is a dental splint available by prescription only. It has been proven to reduce jaw clenching intensity by as much as 70%. In clinical trials reviewed by the FDA, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine sufferers experienced a 77% reduction in migraine events. Make your 2011 New Year's resolution to live without migraines. Visit your dentist today and find out if the NTI-tss is for you.

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Try the ID Migraine™ for Easy Self-Screening

Are your painful headaches actually migraines? A simple self-administered test devised by neurologist, Dr. Richard Lipton, MD and a team of researchers at Albert Einstein University has been shown to be a very effective screening tool. It's used by physicians and dentists around the world as a tool to diagnose migraines. The three question ID Migraine screener can be taken at home but your results should be shared with a health care professional.

1.) Has Headache limited your activities for a day or more in the last three months?
YES / NO

2.) Are you nauseated or sick to your stomach when you have a headache?
YES / NO

3.) Does light bother you when you have a headache?
YES / NO

An answer of "YES" to any 2 of the questions above suggests that your headache is a migraine. The questions are intended to determine if your headaches are debilitating, nausea-inducing and if you suffer from sensitivity from light, known as photophobia. Many options are available for migraine treatment and prevention. One often overlooked option is the NTI-tss Plus. In a clinical trial submitted for FDA approval, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine sufferers experienced a 77% reduction in migraine events. Ask your dentist about it. The NTI may change your life.
 
1 Lipton RB, Dodick D, Sadovsky R, et al. A self-administered screener for migraine in primary care: the ID Migraine™ validation study, Neurology 2003;61:375

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Migraines, Tension & Sinus Headaches; What's the Difference?

At one time or another we've all experienced the pain of a headache. Sure, some are worse than others and the pain may linger a bit longer in some instances but do you know that a headache is not simply "a headache?" Some may seem to be little more than a nuisance, while others may render us incapacitated for days. Emerging research is even showing that some migraine sufferers are at greater risk for stroke than non-migraineurs.

There are several types of headaches and each one is accompanied by a unique type of pain, whether it be the location or the sensation itself. The contributing factors to the onset of headaches , from teeth clenching to genetic factors can also be unique to each type. As we learn more about the specific causes of sinus, tension, and cluster headaches, as well as migraine, the medical and dental fields are also developing more effective treatments. Read more to see which of these eight headache types fit the description of your headaches.

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Possible Genetic Link to Migraine Identified

For years, scientists and researchers have searched to discover  a genetic risk factor among migraine sufferers. An article in the most recent issue of Nature Genetics presents some compelling information that the EAAT2 gene may be a contributing factor to migraine.

At this point, the science is still developing and unfortunately, as is often the case, this new finding only opens up more questions. Read the article here to find out more about what the research has revealed.

 

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