BOTOX® Injections for Migraines and TMJ Pain
There are several reasons to consider Botox as part of your overall dental and facial treatment plan. Botox smooths the lines on your face and prevents deep wrinkles from persisting leaving you with a more youthful appearance. Botox is also a very effective treatment to resolve chronic migraines as well as ease the pain of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, or more commonly known as TMD/TMJ often caused by jaw clenching.
Cosmetic BOTOX® is a non-surgical procedure using small injections to relax the muscles causing lines and deep wrinkles. It is fast and extremely effective at smoothing deep, persistent facial lines without affecting surrounding healthy tissue. There is little to no recovery period with your results appearing within days of treatment. Often BOTOX® lasts up to four months. Patients will usually schedule their routine hygiene and cosmetic BOTOX in the same appointment saving them time and allowing for a radiant smile and a more youthful appearance all in one visit.
BOTOX® for Chronic Migraine
BOTOX® is the first and only FDA-approved preventive treatment for Chronic Migraine. Unlike acute treatments, which are taken to treat a headache or migraine once it's already begun, BOTOX® prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. BOTOX®prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month (vs 6 to 7 for placebo).
Unlike cosmetic BOTOX® which lasts for up to four months, BOTOX® for migraines should be administered every 12 weeks. It takes about 15 minutes for the procedure and is done right in the comfortable environment of Floss. BOTOX® is injected into shallow muscles, not too deeply beneath the skin. Each treatment involves 31 injections in seven key areas of the head and neck.
BOTOX® for TMJ Pain
BOTOX® can be used as a treatment for TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders) and related pain and jaw tension. It is injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, relieving TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and can even minimize lock jaw that is often caused by severe stress.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located where the jawbone meets the skull on both sides of your head. It is a highly used part of your anatomy most commonly employed during talking, eating, and swallowing. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw.
Often times teeth grinders have no awareness that they are even grinding or clenching their teeth. BOTOX® works to relieve jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is a quick, straightforward, and effective procedure. BOTOX® injections are administered right at Floss, with no surgery and little to no down time. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.