What is Dental Botox for TMJ ?
Botox for TMJ:
Botox is injected into the temporalis, frontal and masseter muscles that together can cause jaw pain and headaches. Botox works by blocking nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles.
Botox injections take only 10 to 15 minutes and remain effective for anywhere between two and six months. Therefore, like its cosmetic counterpart, Botox TMD treatments must be repeated every few months depending on the patient. Most patients who receive Botox treatment regularly after a year to two, have noticed the decreased frequency needs for retreatment due to the fact that their muscles have atrophied over time. Therefore, the need for Botox treatment can decrease from 3-4 times a year to maintenance treatment of 1-2 times a year. If you have TMD and Dr. Valiushka determines that you are a good candidate for this treatment, she will then determine how often you’ll need to receive Botox injections to relieve symptoms dependant on the severity of your condition.
Risks and Benefits of Botox Treatment for Jaw Tension:
The benefits of Botox treatment for TMD are many. For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with the temporo-mandibular joint, Botox injections often provide substantial relief. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, Botox allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes the Botox alternative treatment for jaw tension a convenient, effective option for many people. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn down teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
While Botox treatment for TMJ disorders appears to be safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of Botox injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use with Dr. Valiushka prior to treatment. Although complications are rare, but in some cases, patients have experienced bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated.
Cost of Botox TMJ Treatment:
The cost of the Botox TMD treatment will vary based on the severity of your condition (and therefore, how many Botox injections are needed). Botox treatment is charged on a per-visit basis. The cost of Botox is $11.00 per unit. You will require a specific examination which is $155.00. After the examination Dr. Valiushka will be able to determine how many units of Botox you will require.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Botox right for me?
Botox is approved for patients that are 18 years old or older. If you’re under 18 years old, you may need parental consent to receive Botox treatments.
If you’re prone to chronic migraine, muscle spasms, and facial wrinkles, Botox can be a great solution to help you get some relief. You can experience the benefits almost immediately. However, Botox treatments aren’t for everyone.
Patients that are currently pregnant or breastfeeding should wait until they’re done before getting Botox. If you have neuromuscular conditions, you may not be suitable for treatment either. Botox also doesn’t work with all wrinkles or conditions, so it’s best to consult a professional first.
Will a night guard help me?
A properly fitted night guard can help with jaw pain, headaches, and chronic migraine because it prevents your teeth from grinding and your jaw from clenching while you sleep. A night guard will also help shift your jaw and teeth into proper alignment to reduce any stress or pressure placed on them throughout the day and at night.
Because night guards help decrease the pain you feel when grinding your teeth, patients often find that they get better sleep. As a result, they may also experience fewer headaches and ones that are less severe.
Dr.Valiushka will assess each patients needs to see whether a nightguard or Botox treatment is appropriate for each of our patients oral health needs.