First Headache Treatment Center Opens in Charlotte

It is estimated that 80 percent of headaches may be caused by dental force related issues, which means if you suffer from chronic headaches it might be time to visit…the dentist? Yes, if the dentist is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatment techniques like Dr. Robert L. Harrell at Charlotte Headache Center, the first and only clinic of its kind in the Carolinas.

According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. About 20 percent of children and adolescents also have significant headaches. And, according to the American Migraine Foundation, 36 million Americans (about 12 percent of the population) suffer from migraine headaches. One-in-four households in America have a member with migraines. Migraines are three times more common in women than men, with migraines affecting 30 percent of women over a lifetime.

Many people who suffer from headache problems have spent significant time and money looking for a solution. They have visited multiple health care professionals and tried various medications and therapies without much relief. However, using a new cutting-edge technology called TruDenta, Dr. Harrell is able to quickly pinpoint a patient’s problem and alleviate the pain.

In fact, it was the dramatic success Dr. Harrell experienced after implementing the TruDenta system into his dental practice, Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, that led him to open Charlotte Headache Center. Through this dedicated clinic, he is able to focus exclusively on treating patients with chronic headaches and migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, neck pain, earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and sleep apnea.

In this video:, Dr. Harrell talks about Charlotte Headache Center and the phenomenal results he has achieved using the TruDenta system. The following links will take you to powerful video testimonials from two former Charlotte Headache Center patients who are now living pain free: |

In this informative Q&A, Dr. Harrell answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the Charlotte Headache Center, the TruDenta system and what patients can expect during treatment.

Q: Dr. Harrell, when a patient who has suffered from migraines or chronic headaches comes to you, what is done initially to determine what could be the source of their symptoms?

A: The new technologies we use allow us to screen patients using a digital bite force analyzer to measure the different dynamic forces in the mouth (musculature, joints, teeth) to pinpoint imbalances. This allows us to determine the type of treatment or combination of therapies that might be needed.

We also use a computerized tool that measures the cervical range of motion and identifies dysfunction or disability in the muscles of the head and neck. In a 15-minute screening appointment we can quickly rule in or rule out whether the patient’s headaches are related to improper or imbalanced forces.

Q: Does the program involve pain, needles or drugs?

A: No. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. There is no pain whatsoever with our treatments. The TruDenta treatments are conservative and non-invasive and the program is specifically designed to help get patients off drugs. Most clients report that the therapies are very relaxing and most experience pain relief after just one or two treatments.

Q: Can you give us an example of the kinds of treatments you might perform on a chronic headache sufferer?

A: Because headache and migraine sufferers have many sensitivities that can trigger pain, our treatment plans are designed to be slow, conservative and effective. We use a combination of FDA approved medical devices to reduce inflammation and restore blood flow in the muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Additionally we use low-level cold laser therapy to help restore energy at a cellular level. We also use a specially designed mouth orthotic that helps restore normal function in the TMJ and then selectively correct the bite imbalances with the aid of our digital bite analysis system.

What really makes this system unique is the blend of treatments: neuromuscular sports medicine — targeting muscles and nerves — combined with advanced dental treatments targeting TMJ dysfunction and bite imbalance.

Q: What kind of results have you seen?

A: The results have been amazing. We have treated a number of patients who have been plagued with severe headaches and migraines for more than 10 years, robbing them of countless hours of their lives every week. These patients are crying in my office desperate for help. When you can completely take away their pain in a matter of weeks, it becomes a life-changing experience for the patient. As a health care professional, the ability to help clients become free of pain is the most rewarding part of my practice.

Q: What else can the TruDenta technology and training you have received be used for?

A: The TruDenta system is not only effective on patients with TMJ problems, but also patients who clench or grind their teeth or have tinnitus (ringing of the ears). We can also help patients who are suffering as a result of head or neck injuries from sports related traumas, falls or car accidents.

Q: Is treatment affordable? Are there options to pay for it? What about insurance coverage?

A: We strive to make the cost of care affordable, with treatments ranging from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the number and types of treatments needed. Certain insurance plans cover the treatment and financing is available.

Q: How can people find out more about the TruDenta system?

A: Visit our website at or call 704-540-5850 to schedule a 15-minute screening appointment to see if we can help.

Dr. Harrell is available for interviews, comments and clarifications.

You can call him directly via cell phone at 704-650-7112.

Charlotte Headache Center, 7820 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 103, Charlotte, NC 28277

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