TMJ Disorders Are More Frequent In Migraine, Episodic Tension-Type Headaches and Chronic Daily Headache Patients Sleep Apnea is a TMJ Disorder

December 15, 2009

Patients who suffer from migraines and other chronic or severe headaches usually have Trigeminal Nerve involemet that rquirs that the TMJ disorders be treated. Some insurance companies fraudulently deny coverage of medical problems involving TMD.

Headaches are primarily a disorder of the Trigeminal Nerves and the tissues the innervate. The evidence is becoming increasingly stronger that the majority of headache patients also have symptoms of Temporomandibular disorders and that treatment of these disorders is essential to management and relief of headaches. Patients wishing to avoid migraines and extensive drug regimens often find they can eliminate or avoid a high percentage of headaches through Neuromuscular dental treatment. (see Sleep and Health article on Neuromuscular dentistry) A September 2009 article in HEADACHE “Headache and Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder: An Epidemiological Study” concluded that ” Temporomandibular disorder symptoms are more common in migraine, (Episodic Tension Type Headaches) ETTH, and (Chronic Daily Headache) CDH relative to individuals without headache. Magnitude of association is higher for migraine.” This is no surprise to Chicago Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr Ira L Shapira a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management who has created a new resource ( for headache patients looking to avoid a future plagued with pain. The site discusses neuromuscular dental treatment to eliminate and/or reduce all of these types of headaches. He is also the creator of the website which helps patients find comfortable and effective alternatives to treat sleep apnea and snoring. The NHLBI considers sleep apnea to be a Temporomandibular disorder. More…