Headache Solutions in Thousand Oaks, CA
Relieve Your Discomfort With Dr. Siddappa
If you suffer from frequent headaches, you’re not alone -- 3% of Americans experience recurring migraines, while over 20% are impacted by tension headaches. There are many different factors that can cause headaches and it’s important to determine the root cause. It’s not a good plan to simply take pain medication every time you get a headache, as this will never really make the problem go away.
If you suffer from headaches on a regular basis, Dr. Siddappa can evaluate your condition to isolate the cause and provide an effective treatment solution.
Types of Headaches
Headaches come in many different varieties and not all of them are equal. Some of the most common types are:
- Migraines -- Moderate to severe in intensity, migraines are often characterized by throbbing pain on one side of your head, nausea, and light sensitivity.
- Tension Headaches -- Making up over 90% of all headaches, tension headaches are mild to moderate in intensity but can last for several days.
- Cluster Headaches -- Much less common than migraines or tension headaches, cluster headaches are characterized by intense pain around the eyes and tend to occur around the same time every year.
Causes of Headaches
Since there are so many potential factors, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of headaches. We often recommend that our patients take notes or keep a record of what they were doing when headaches occur. This way, we may be able to detect a pattern of what’s causing them.
Certainly, one common factor that causes headaches is stress. Stress affects virtually every aspect of your health and often increases muscle tension in your jaw. Grinding your teeth, TMJ problems, or imbalances in your bite are also likely to cause headaches.
Other potential causes include:
- Some medications
- Certain foods
- Hormonal Changes
- Changes in routine or environment
Our Headache Solutions
While you may not think of your dentist for treating a headache, Dr. Siddappa has aMaster of Science degree in orofacial pain and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. As an experienced dentist with a history of diagnosing and treating headaches, she can find an ideal solution to relieve your pain.
Depending on the severity of your case, there are a few different approaches we can try. We’ll start by recommending basic physical therapy exercises to see if they have an effect. If this doesn’t work, there are a variety of medications we can prescribe that are designed to block or treat head pain. Finally, if you suffer from chronic migraines, Dr. Siddappa can administer BOTOX® injections to relieve your pain.
Visit Prism Dental Group For Headache Treatments
Life can be difficult when you’re dealing with constant pain and discomfort. If you suffer from frequent headaches, Dr. Siddappa will determine the underlying cause and provide a treatment solution that fits your needs. Call our practice in Thousand Oaks at(805) 241-5353 to schedule your consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you cure headaches?
Unfortunately, headaches are a chronic condition that can only be managed, not permanently cured. Often, we can relieve your pain or other symptoms with prescribed medications, physical therapy, BOTOX injections, or some combination of the three. We also recommend paying attention to any factors that seem to influence your headaches and acting accordingly.
Are migraines hereditary?
Though it’s not always the case, most patients who suffer from migraines have a history of the condition in their family. One rare form of migraine has actually been traced to a specific gene, though no gene has been identified for more common types. When you visit Dr. Siddappa for migraine treatment, she’ll ask about your family history so make sure you have this information available.
Do over-the-counter headache medications work?
Many patients use over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen to manage their discomfort. If your headaches are relatively infrequent and mild to moderate in severity, this is often effective. However, over-using these medications can result in a condition known as Medication Overuse Headache (MOH), as well as cardiac, liver, and kidney problems.
A good general guideline for over-the-counter medications is that you shouldn’t be taking them more than twice a week. If you find yourself taking more than this, it’s a good time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddappa.