Facial Pain Specialist

Northwest Headache Center

Dr. Donald Johnson

Headache Specialist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

If you’re seeking relief from facial pain, Northwest Headache Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, offers needle-free, drug-free, nonsurgical solutions to set you on the path to recovery. Dr. Donald Johnson, offers a three-step facial pain relief process, including a consultation, an assessment appointment, and an appropriate treatment protocol. Get the pain relief you deserve today. Call or book a consultation online.

Facial Pain

What causes facial pain?

Facial pain may be related to a headache, migraine, or another factor. These factors include:

Head, neck, or body trauma

Sports injuries and minor accidents that happened recently or even years ago may cause trauma, such as a stretched or torn ligament. These injuries may affect the force balances within your mouth, causing pain. 

Dental treatments

Dental treatment may trigger headaches and facial pain. Pain is typically brought on by aged and worn fillings, poorly fitted dentures, trauma during tooth extraction, and other dental treatments. 


A poor diet, stress, and lack of exercise may result in many headache pain symptoms, such as facial pain. Poor posture from prolonged sitting is another common factor.

Age and wear

Your dental bite ages along with your body. Changes in your bite over time may force your teeth out of alignment and cause a painful imbalance. 

What other symptoms accompany facial pain?

Facial pain often doesn’t happen in isolation. You may also experience some of these symptoms or others:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Clenching your jaw
  • Wear on your teeth or dental work
  • Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness

You don’t need to suffer from these symptoms when Dr. Johnson and the team at Northwest Headache Center provide a range of advanced treatments to address the cause of your pain.

How is facial pain treated?

Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Johnson recommends an appropriate treatment with nonsurgical, drug-free options. For example, you may benefit from:

  • Low-level (cold) laser therapy to minimize pain and inflammation
  • Orthotic devices for daily at-home therapy
  • Trigger-point therapy to break up muscle knots and increase blood flow

He also may recommend therapeutic ultrasound for facial pain.

What is therapeutic ultrasound?

Therapeutic ultrasound is a noninvasive treatment to manage facial pain, alleviate stiffness and discomfort in trigger points, and reduce trigger point sensitivity.

During your treatment, Dr. Johnson applies the ultrasound device to your face. The therapy uses sound waves to restore circulation and break up scar tissue and growths of connective tissue to give you relief. 

If you’re looking to relieve facial pain without surgery, injections, or medications, call today or book a consultation with Northwest Headache Center.


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