Headaches Q&A

What causes headaches?

Many headaches are due to problems with the alignment of your teeth and issues in your temporomandibular joint — the joint where your lower jaw meets your skull. Misalignment of your teeth or jaw can put unnecessary pressure on the small muscles in your face, neck, and head. This extra pressure can cause headaches and also lead to nerve impingement, causing more pain.

You might also develop headaches as a side effect of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea disrupts your breathing while you sleep, which both interrupts your sleep and prevents your body from getting the oxygen it needs to function correctly.

How is the cause of my headaches diagnosed?

At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills, Dr. Keropian offers physical exams and tests to identify the cause of your headaches. He examines your teeth and uses X-rays to study the way your teeth come together and the health of your temporomandibular joint.

If he suspects that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Keropian offers both in-office and at-home sleep studies to gather information about what happens to your body while you sleep. A polysomnogram can identify how often your breath is disrupted while you sleep and whether you’re receiving sufficient oxygen.

How do you treat headaches related to teeth alignment & TMJ?

At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills, Dr. Keropian provides customized treatments to relieve both your headaches and the condition causing your pain. For example, if you have alignment issues, Dr. Keropian prescribes custom mouthpieces to correct the way your teeth come together as well as any unnecessary tension in your jaw. The mouthpiece reduces your headaches by releasing tension in your jaw and any related nerve impingement.

If you have sleep apnea, you may also benefit from a mouthpiece, which can prevent your tongue from relaxing into your airway and creating a blockage. Depending on your condition, you may also benefit from Dr. Keropian’s oxygen mouthpiece and oxygen compressor to send a steady stream of oxygen into your lungs while you sleep. Low oxygen creates acidity an and these two maladies weaken the immune system and can be a major cause of pain.

We believe that low oxygen and acidity are one of the most dangerous maladies on the planet. And sleep apnea is a major cause of this.

If you suffer from chronic headaches, facial pain, or TMJ problems and are concerned that they’re due to a problem with your jaw or a condition like sleep apnea, call the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills or make an appointment online today.