Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 9, 2006
Renowned cosmetic dentist Dr. Patric Cohen has been relieving chronic migraines all over the United States and has now launched a website specific to this ever growing part of his practice: http://www.migrainedentistry.com. The new website is specifically tailored to answer all questions regarding neuromuscular dentistry.
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 28 million people suffer from migraines, and for some, an entire day can be ruined by pain. The cause of many migraines can be traced back to the jaw. “Most people don’t realize that muscles and nerves in and around the mouth can cause pain in other areas,” says Dr. Cohen.
The trigeminal and facial nerves are the two cranial nerves responsible for jaw and tooth functions. Since the brain spends over 40% of its energy assessing the signals sent out by the cranial nerves, they have a large amount of control over the brain. If these nerves are distressed, they can trigger pain in the form of a migraine.
Dr. Cohen explains that when "happy muscles" work together they are able to rest more comfortably. When they do not work together, hearing problems, back pain, sleep problems, jaw and teeth pain, and neck pain can arise. This happens because of muscle recruitment. When pain becomes too much for one area to bear, it trickles down to other muscles to absorb the pain.
Dr. Cohen recommends a visit to the dentist if a person is suffering from unexplained migraines, back pain, or neck problems. There are a few tests that can be performed to determine if the migraines are caused by distress of the trigeminal nerve including a sonography, electromyography, jaw tracking, and TENSing.
“I had one particular patient who suffered from 2-4 migraines week. After speaking with her, she revealed that she had a history of pain in her jaws, and extensive dental work,” explains Dr. Cohen. “We made models of her teeth and determined her bite was either causing or contributing to her migraines.” Dr. Cohen placed an orthotic in the patient’s mouth, which kept her jaw muscles in a more comfortable position. After two months, the patients reported that her migraines had been reduced from ten a month to just one.
Dr. Cohen holds degrees from Stanford, USC, and the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. In 1984, he joined his grandfather Dr. David Marcus’ practice, which he has run since Dr. Marcus’ passing in 1989. Dr. Marcus is widely considered to be one of the very first cosmetic dentists. Dr. Cohen is a widely featured expert in the media appearing on The Learning Channel, Style Network, ABC 7, KCAL 9, KTLA, and more.