FDA-Approved, Non-Medication Treatment for Chronic Migraines and Tension Headaches
“Dr. Payet, I truly can’t believe it! I have only had 1 migraine in the last 2 weeks, and that was the one night that I forgot to wear my NTI! I’ve NEVER gone through 2 weeks with only 1 headache. Thank you!”
—Kathleen S., migraine sufferer for over 30 years
- Have you lived with some kind of frequent headache for much of your life?
- Have you had every brain scan available done, only to be told “There’s nothing wrong with you, we don’t know why you have these headaches, but here’s a prescription for the pain?”
- Have had had allergy testing and everything was normal?
- Do you have to visit the massage therapist or chiropractor 1 or more times a week to at least get some relief?
- Have you tried (almost) every medication available, with only limited results?
- Do you get sinus headaches, even when there’s no sinus drainage or other symptoms of sinus congestion?
- Are you always “carrying your stress” in your neck and shoulders, such that they feel like bands of steel?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you are in good company. Did you know that about 23 million people, mostly women, suffer from Chronic Migraine Headaches every year; another 23 million people suffer with Chronic Tension Headaches, which often spread to the neck and upper shoulders? Many have tried every kind of medication and had ever test, finally resigning themselves to living with the pain, believing nothing can be done.
However, here at Smiles by Payet Dentistry, we may be able to literally change your life with the use of an simple but effective device: the NTI-tss (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition – Tension Suppression System).
The FDA has approved the NTI-tss for treatment of both Chronic Migraine and Chronic Tension Headaches, and in the FDA trials, 82% of patients reported a 77% decrease in symptoms. That’s with NO medications!
The NTI works by a simple but powerful mechanism: it does not allow you to grind or clench your teeth at night. In many patients, it is this clenching and/or grinding that is a primary cause of tension headaches, migraines, and constant discomfort. Now, I know you’re thinking, “YEAH, RIGHT, Doc. HA!” But take a moment and just imagine if you worked out your arms for 4-5 hours ever day; how painful would they be? Now imagine you’re doing that unconsciously for 3-4 hours ever night, how painful do you think those muscles would be? Seriously, just think about that for a moment.
Ask yourself this very simple question: Out of 7 days per week, how many of those days do you wake up and feel FABULOUS? If the answer is rarely or never, ask Dr. Payet and his staff about how an NTI-tss could help you. And just so you know…….I personally wear one, too! Let me briefly tell you my story:
“While I don’t get them frequently, I have suffered from migraines since my late 20’s; I began learning about the NTI around 2002 and began making them for patients shortly thereafter, and at one of the more advanced seminars I attended, we (the dentists) made NTI’s for each other. OH…..MY……WORD! What an incredible difference! Literally, within just a couple nights I could feel a dramatic decrease in the tension in my neck and shoulders, and as long as I have and wear my NTI, I NEVER get a migraine. NEVER. There’s one little problem…..I have a lovable dog named Starbucks, who unfortunately has a knack of getting into things she shouldn’, and over the last 5 years, she has eaten 3 NTI’s. During those times I don’t have one (’cause I get too busy), I do get migraines.”
Dr. Charles Payet
Or listen to Kat’s story (see her smile makeover with dental implants, 6-month braces, and a bridge):
When Kat S. first came to see me, it wasn’t even because of her headaches, it was because a bridge that replaced some missing front teeth was breaking. Turns out, one of the front teeth roots had broken below the gumline, so we had to go a slightly different route. During one of her appointments, we got to talking about headaches, and she mentioned that she’d suffered from almost daily migraines since her mid-teens, which meant more than 30 years of headaches. She’d been to every doctor, had every scan and test available, but ultimately just learned to “live” with the pain. We went through our diagnostic history, and we determined that Kat was an incredible bruxer, meaning she ground her teeth really badly, so we made an NTI. The quote at the top of the page is what she said at her 2-week follow-up appointment. And to this day, as long as Kat wears her NTI, she still does not get migraines.
This video will introduce you to Dr. Jim Boyd, who developed and continues to refine the NTI-tss, and who lectures around the world on the proper fabrication and use of the NTI. I am truly fortunate to count Dr. Boyd as not just a colleague, but a friend and mentor. He now works part time in the Headache Center of Southern California, where the NTI-tss has become one of the most frequently used and most successful treatments, even in a practice of neurologists.