Trouble with TMJ Pain? How about Headaches? Try Botox!
I am writing this just after finishing a course in the therapeutic uses of Botox! I spent the day with a very small class of dentists from around the country and Dr. Jeff Osbourne, who has been using Botox in his practice since it was available for use in dentistry. We had a great time, and learned a ton about the various uses of Botox in our practices, treatment planning and also had some time actually delivering it to patients and each other.
The focus of this course was not so much about esthetic treatment, but about the true dental benefits it can provide. There are two main areas in dentistry that we use Botox to help treat patients – Chronic Headaches and Nocturnal Bruxism (clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep).
Many headaches are centered around muscle tension and stress. When we are using Botox to provide relief, we focus on using it to limit the force that muscles can contract with. This, then, reduces the tension and prevents the headache from starting. When this therapy is repeated, often we find that the amount of time between treatments will increase, and the amount of Botox required to provide relief decreases.
A similar situation is found in using Botox to treat nocturnal Bruxism, or teeth grinding. The muscles that provide the force to grind your teeth can become quite large and powerful over many years of overuse. Using Botox for therapy, we again limit (not prevent) the force that these muscles can contract with. The goal of our occlusal splints is the same, to reduce muscle function. This reduction in muscle activity saves teeth, and preserves the dentistry that we have worked so hard to complete. Over time, the frequency and volume of Botox treatments required to maintain therapeutic results decreases.
We are so excited to be able to offer this type of therapy to our patients!
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