NTI Night Guard Application
There are two main reasons to get a night guard from your dentist. The first reason is 29 million people in the United States sufferer from migraines. Many aren’t aware that a night guard is a cost-effective treatment for migraines. The other main reason to get a night guard from your dentist is to prevent damage to your healthy teeth and expensive restorations that result from teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth you're not alone. 44 Million Americans suffer from chronic clenching and grinding that results in tooth damage.
A dental appliance called the NTI-tss Plus is FDA approved for the prevention of migraine pain. "NTI" refers to the nocturnal inhibition of trigeminal nociception. During unprotected sleep, massive amounts of harmful input (called nociception) bombard the temporal muscles. By keeping the posterior teeth from touching, damaging stress is greatly reduced. “tss” is an acronym for tension suppression system. Dr. Watanabe has prescribed the device to a number of patients in her practice with great success.
In clinical trials reviewed by the FDA, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine sufferers using the NTI-tss had a 77% average reduction of migraine pain attacks within the first eight weeks of use. Unlike migraine medications, there are no side effects, and the device is safe for pregnant women. Their is a cost for the NTI-tss. Compared to the money spent repeatedly purchasing prescription drugs to combat migraines, the cost is relatively minimal. Some insurance plans may even cover the expense. However, just because your insurance may not cover this device do not mean you should not get it.
The device works by reducing jaw clenching during sleep. It fits over the central teeth on the bottom arch of the mouth and keeps the rear teeth from touching. Many patients unconsciously clench and grind their teeth at night. For some, clenching serves as a catalyst for migraine inducing strain on the muscles in the head and face.
Estimates show one out of four women suffer from migraine headaches, and half of all migraine sufferers are undiagnosed.
To demonstrate how the NTI works, touch the muscles of the temples while biting down on a pencil with the back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. When one bites down on a pencil with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed.
Having suffered chronic, all-day headaches and frequent migraine attacks for 12 years, Dr. Jim Boyd developed the NTI therapeutic protocol to rid him of his pain. He is now an associate with The Headache Center Neurology clinic in Encinitas, CA.
For those patient who do not suffer from migraines the NTI-tss works well for people who grind their teeth at night. A night guard should be used as a preventive measure. Our night guard is much smaller and less obtrusive than a full-coverage guard, but works just as well at preventing damage to the teeth from bruxing (unconscious grinding of the teeth). Not only can this save your natural teeth from wear but, it will protect all the restorations already in your mouth. Futhermore it will prevent you from having to spend more money for future restorative procedures. In our practice we see many people who need this device. Several of the employees in our office wear this simple device and can testify that is works and is comfortable.
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