One in eight Americans suffer from recurring headaches that are so severe they cannot carry out normal living! In the United States headaches are our number one pain problem. An estimated 80% of all headaches occur from muscle tension. Did you know that for many people their tension headaches are related to their bite? Head pain has plagued humans throughout history. Early civilizations relied on magical potions and spells to cure headaches. Over the years we have learned much about what causes headaches and how to treat them. Today, there is a growing realization that a common cause of both tension and migraine headaches is a unhealthy bite.
Of the 84 types of sleep disorders two of these account for the vast majority of problems in getting a good night sleep. Insomnia is number one and sleep apnea is number two. Sleep apnea , though number two in prevalence, has the added importance of being life threatening. Once diagnosed it is treatable with dental devices or other treatments. Dr. Chase uses a variety of custom airway orthotics depending on the type and severity of the problem. They are comfortable, easy to use and very effective. In some ways it is like a sports mouth guard, but not as thick.
Biolistic or Functional Dentistry is about Function and Esthetics. Traditional Dental care is based on mechanical concepts that assume that your present bite (occlusion) is best for you. Goals include restoring your bite to that position and might be called two-dimensional dentistry. Physiological Dentistry takes into consideration a third and fourth dimension. The third is the status and function of the muscles that control jaw position, chewing, and swallowing. The limits of care also do not assume the issues stops at the base of the head, but care considers a wider view of the whole person. Treatment considers the entire skeletal frame and the physiological processes that happen in this frame. Even minor changes in one part of the skull can ripple throughout the entire body to its benefit or creating pain and dysfunction.