Botox is primarily noted for its ability to reduce the signs of facial wrinkles but it is also very useful in easing the pain of migraines, other dentally related headaches, and TMJ pain. Botox is an injection based treatment that utilizes various forms of Botulinum Toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. The Botulinum Toxin blocks chemical signals from nerves causing the facial muscles to relax thus relieving tension.
Botox treatment effects can last four to six months and as muscle action returns, the treatment can be repeated.
Botox is a safe procedure to receive when done in moderation and using proper dosages. Any injection should always be performed by a trained, experienced doctor or technician. Some side effects may include swelling or bruising around the injection site, as well as headaches or nausea.
Common Uses for Botox Injections Received Through the Dental Industry are:
- Ease Migraine Pain
- Ease Dental and Facial Related Headaches and Tension
- Relieve TMJ and Jaw Tension
Botox Injections are also known to help with the following, although these injections typically are not received through the dental industry:
- Frown Lines
- Forehead Furrows
- Crow’s Feet
- Cervical Dystonia
- Muscle Contractures
- Lazy Eye
- Chronic Migraines
- Bladder Dysfunction
What to Expect During a Treatment
Botox injections are done using a thin needle, injecting small amounts of Botulinum Toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of Botox injections will depend on the size of the area being treated. Botox injections are an outpatient procedure, meaning you can continue your day normally immediately following a Botox treatment. The only advisement after a Botox treatment is to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area to avoid spreading the Botox to unwanted areas.
Although rare and unlikely, Botox treatments can spread to other parts of the body causing botulism-like symptoms. Doctors recommend against using Botox while pregnant or breast feeding due to the unknown effects Botox can have on babies.
Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following both hours or even weeks after a Botox Treatment
- Muscle Weakness throughout the body
- Trouble Speaking
- Trouble Swallowing
- Blurred Vision
- Trouble Breathing
- Loss of Bladder Control