Headache Prevention with Dental Nightguards (NTIs)

Welcome to Barsoum Dental, where we strive to provide the best dental care and solutions for our patients. As part of this mission, we specialize in treating tension headaches and migraines caused by TMJ. The use of NTIs is one of the simplest, most affordable, and most effective treatments we provide.

NTIs are small, custom-made devices that fit over your front teeth, sometimes called "dental night guards". They function by relieving pressure on your jaw muscles, which can help prevent and ease tension headaches. This simple but effective treatment can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and TMJ disorders.

Our office understands how frustrating and debilitating tension headaches and migraines can be. That is why we are committed to providing the most effective treatments to our patients. Whether you have occasional or chronic tension headaches or migraines, our dental professionals are here to help. We can help you find relief from your symptoms and get back to living your life to the fullest with our expertise and cutting-edge technology.

If you'd like to learn more about NTIs and how they can help relieve tension headaches and migraines, don't hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation today. We are excited to assist you in achieving optimal dental health and overall wellness. For appointments, please call our Chino office at (909) 902-1708 and our Upland office at (909) 920-5223.

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A Personal Mission to Relieve Headaches and Migraines in our Guests

Dr. Maher Barsoum has made it a personal mission to help his guests relieve tension headaches and migraines by using dental mouthguards and NTIs. Why? Because they are such a simple and cost-effective solution but still have a big impact on our guests' lives. If you're struggling with tension headaches and migraines schedule a free consultation with Dr. Barsoum to see how we can help.

How can a Dental Mouthguard (NTI) Help You Alleviate Headaches?


How does an NTI work?

An NTI, or "nociceptive trigeminal inhibitor", is a small, custom-made dental appliance that is worn over the front teeth while sleeping. It is designed to keep the back teeth apart, which can help reduce the intensity of clenching or grinding that often occurs in people with TMJ. By minimizing the amount of pressure put on the jaw joint and muscles, an NTI can help alleviate pain and other TMJ symptoms.


Non-invasive Treatment

One of the major advantages of using an NTI is that it is a non-invasive treatment option. Unlike more aggressive treatments like surgery, an NTI does not involve altering the structure of the jaw or teeth. It simply provides a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, allowing the jaw muscles to relax and recover.


Convenient & Comfortable

NTI is a minimally interfering treatment option is because you do not need to wear your NTI all day. While many people only wear their NTI while they sleep, there are some who choose to wear it during the day as well, depending on their personal habits and preferences. So you may choose to wear your NTI while watching TV or cleaning, but you can take it out when at work or socializing. Additionally, because the NTI is custom-made to fit your teeth, it should feel comfortable and not cause any discomfort while you sleep.


Quick and Easy

The process of getting an NTI typically involves a 1-hour dental appointment, during which the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. Barsoum Dental then makes and shapes your NTI in-house so that you can take the NTI home with you the same day. Once the appliance is ready, the dentist will show you how to properly insert and remove it, and provide any necessary care instructions. From there, you simply wear the appliance while sleeping, and enjoy the benefits of reduced TMJ symptoms.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Always a pleasure to see Dr Barsoum. I thought I had a cavity but it turns out that the sensitivity was caused by night time clenching. Dr Barsoum explained how clenching causes tenderness of the tooth as well as headaches and immediately elected me for an NTI device that prevents night time clenching. Today is the first day I've got out of bed without a headache or tender jaw. Thanks!!!

Bung Vong 

The staff and Dr. Barsoum are all awesome! The moment you walk in until the time you walk out they are all making sure you are comfortable and doing well. I mentioned I was suffering from a migraine and Dr. Barsoum fitted me with an device to help relieve my headaches at no cost!! Who does that?, he does. He truly cares about his patients!

Kristen McMillin 

Everyone in the office was helpful and very nice. Great customer satisfaction and service. I will definitely be referring people there. They made me feel comfortable and at ease and took my TMJ into consideration and hopefully with the NTI I will be getting this week it will help with my TMJ. Im excited to finally have a solution to my pain and discomfort. Thank You for your excellent service! 

Crystal McCoy 

He and the staff were so accommodating and so friendly. They always made sure I was comfortable. They gave me breaks when I needed it because of my TMJ problem. Thank you!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About NTIs and Headache Prevention

If you have tension or migraine headaches, you may be interested in learning more about NTIs and how they can help prevent headaches. NTIs are specialized dental mouthguards that reduce the force applied to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles. In this section, we will address some frequently asked questions about NTIs and headache prevention, such as how they work, how to obtain them, and potential side effects. Whether you're considering getting an NTI or want to learn more about headache prevention, this FAQ section can help.

What exactly is an NTI?

An NTI is a type of dental mouthguard designed to aid in the prevention of tension headaches and migraines. It is designed to fit over the front teeth and works by reducing the amount of force applied to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.

Is a prescription required for an NTI?

To obtain an NTI, you must have a dentist's prescription. The dentist will assess your symptoms and decide whether an NTI is appropriate for you.

How does an NTI aid in headache prevention?

An NTI aids in the prevention of headaches by reducing the amount of tension and stress placed on the TMJ and jaw muscles. This can aid in the relief of tension headaches and migraines.

How long does it take to become acclimated to wearing an NTI?

It may take some time to get used to wearing an NTI because it may feel strange or uncomfortable at first. Most people, however, adjust to wearing an NTI within a few days to a few weeks.

Can an NTI have any negative consequences?

No, an NTI is most effective at preventing tension headaches and migraines caused by jaw muscle and TMJ tension. Other types of headaches, such as sinus headaches or cluster headaches, may be ineffective.

Is it okay for me to wear an NTI during the day?

No, an NTI should only be worn while sleeping at night. It is not intended for use during the day and may interfere with speech or eating.

Book Your Appointment Today

If you're experiencing constant headaches, pain or discomfort, our experienced dental team can help you find relief. We offer personalized treatment options, including NTI, to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Don't suffer in silence – contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a pain-free life. Our friendly staff is always here to answer any questions and provide you with the care you deserve.