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Anyone use the NTI-tss device?

post #1 of 10
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I saw a dentist earlier this week because my right-lower jaw has been really sore. I thought there was an issue with my wisdom teeth and I hadn't seen a dentist in over two years.

After a very lengthy conversation (and candid as well), my dentist believes that I grind and clench my teeth at night and suggested the NTI-tss device to prevent clenching. He also mention that all my headaches (migraine, tension, and sinus) could all be caused from the clenching.

So, anyone use it?

He doesn't recommend a mouth guard because all that does is give me a perfect surface to clench. The NIT-tss device prevents clenching overall.

It might be a pretty penny out of pocket (around $500) so I wondered if I could get some first-hand experiences before taking that plunge!
post #2 of 10
My dentist just gave me a mouth guard to protect my teeth from the clenching. He didn't think I was grinding them though.
post #3 of 10
My dentist said I grind my teeth at night and am rocking them right out of the jaw. He gave me a night guard but I didnt use it for long because it makes it hard to swallow and you end up drooling or gagging......sorry so gross but.....
post #4 of 10
Sorry I don't know much about them. I'm a light sleeper so I always wake up several times a night hearing Michael grinding his teeth.
post #5 of 10
I've shattered my jaw in three places and I'm clench hard throughout the night to the point where my wife hits me sometimes to get me to stop- much like a snorer.

The dentist recommends it to me EVERY TIME I go and it would cost me about $700 but I'm no fool (not calling you one if you do get it). I would rather go to WalMart and buy a mouth guard.

I find it hard to believe it's causing your migraines... but it might be...

Keep in mind, which I know you have, Denistry, as well as Healthcare, is a BUSINESS and they're in it for money. These devices are easy money. Not saying that they are not valuable but for most.... they're not needed. If it really bothers you, get it... but if not... don't bother.

Maybe I'm just too stubborn or seen too many healthcare shows on TV... dunno!
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Originally Posted by koodeez View Post
I've shattered my jaw in three places and I'm clench hard throughout the night to the point where my wife hits me sometimes to get me to stop- much like a snorer.

The dentist recommends it to me EVERY TIME I go and it would cost me about $700 but I'm no fool (not calling you one if you do get it). I would rather go to WalMart and buy a mouth guard.

I find it hard to believe it's causing your migraines... but it might be...

Keep in mind, which I know you have, Denistry, as well as Healthcare, is a BUSINESS and they're in it for money. These devices are easy money. Not saying that they are not valuable but for most.... they're not needed. If it really bothers you, get it... but if not... don't bother.

Maybe I'm just too stubborn or seen too many healthcare shows on TV... dunno!
I understand your point. However, for me, the cost of the device (around $500) is cheaper than a root canal even with insurance (my last root canal was only covered 25% by my insurance plan with an out of pocket cost of $900). I'm going to call my health insurance and dental insurance companies to see if they would cover it. The device IS FDA-approved for migraine prevention. *shrug*

I was just hoping to find someone to talk to who has used it. I know the jaw muscles are connected to the muscles through the temple and neck, which is where I feel my headaches. I just want a solution to 1) my jaw pain and 2) my headaches.
post #7 of 10
I haven't gotten one yet, mainly because my last insurance didn't cover a dime of it.

Clenching of jaws can lead to headaches. Basically the longer and tighter you leave your facial muscles you can bring on serious headaches. Migraines are more caused by nerves, however if you're clenching your teeth enough, you can bring on a headache close to what feels like a migraine.

Also grinding will ruin your teeth over time, which is why a mouth guard doesn't work. You're still rubbing your teeth against something.

Mine is mostly caused by stress. I notice my teeth hurt more in the morning when I'm under a lot of pressure or stress...which has been the last 2 years. If you don't want the device, perhaps seeking counseling to learn stress management or take a light dose of muscle relaxers before going to sleep
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
I know the jaw muscles are connected to the muscles through the temple and neck, which is where I feel my headaches. I just want a solution to 1) my jaw pain and 2) my headaches.
And all this time, I thought my wife was giving me these headaches.... I never thought of that... maybe I'm in the same boat and didn't realize that could be my problem. Ever since breaking my jaw (you should see my x-ray- OMG!!) I have had severe case of TMJ and job popping to the point where I actually get light head from the pain. My jaw clenching is just......... ME! Tension is what that is. I do get severe headaches at time where your saying you get them but tend to try and sleep or lay them off. I'm not too keen on the medical industry. Just can't trust them. Unfortunately, I don't have dental insurance and if i did... I probably would buy the darn thing! SSSHHHH!

I hope everything works out for you and rid of your headaches..... anything is sure worth the try... let us know how it works out... especially you get it and it works... I'm curious to know how comfortable they are: if the dentist is tell the true, that is...
post #9 of 10
I don't really grind my teeth- but i do sleep in a night guard every night for my TMJ issues. I have a pretty nasty issue with it- i was a music major for a while and all of the singing, rehersals, and preformances REALLY put a strain on the muscles in my jaw area. I also have Meniere's Disease and some other ear problems so the TMJ issues were just making things much worse (there were times where i couldn't tell if my jaw ached or my ear did- it was so bad and it caused some nasty headaches).

After one ear surgery on my left ear about two years ago and a trip to a dentist that specializes in tmd/tmj- My issues are SOOOOOOOOOO much better!!! I am religious about sleeping in my nightguard though- if i miss a night- i feel it in my ears and my jaw area.

The dentist i went to for my TMJ issues was able to reshape my old retainer from when i had my braces off/etc and add some stuff to it so that i wouldn't have to spend as much on a new mouth piece- it saved me several hundred! If you have an old retainer that still fits your mouth- you may want to see if a specialist in your area can reshape it for you- it may wind up saving you a little $ Good luck!!!
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by koodeez View Post
I find it hard to believe it's causing your migraines... but it might be...
I had headaches so bad that I wanted to crawl in bed and die. My jaw hurt. My ears hurt (I actually thought I had an ear infection but it was my jaw causing problems). I could barely open my mouth. And I couldn't chew food harder than a sandwich or oatmeal. Clenching your teeth can cause all sorts of problems.

My dentist diagnosed me with TMJ and got me a nice mouthguard. I used one from Wal-Mart while waiting for one from the dentist. He was also concerned that had I continued without a guard that I could crack some teeth.

Now that it's under control, ibuprofen occasionally is all I need.
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