Botox for Headache Relief
Do you suffer from regular tension headaches or headaches caused by TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder), jaw pain due to clenching, grinding, or poor occlusion? Millions of Americans suffer from frequent headaches, many of which are related to your facial and jaw muscles. Over-the-counter medications can help, but have side effects including heartburn, acid reflux, and liver disease.
You may have heard of Botox for treatment of mild to moderate wrinkles around your eyes, between your eyebrows, on your forehead, and around your mouth. One of the lesser-known uses is for the treatment of headaches and jaw pain.
If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, facial pain, sensitive teeth, or a headache, you may benefit from Botox for pain relief. We inject Botox into your muscles using a thin needle. Most patients report very little pain. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Botox works to relax your muscles from the inside, smoothing the appearance of your face and releasing tension.
Botox is a versatile medication and we can even inject it directly into your jaw muscles to reduce the force you exert from clenching and grinding your teeth. While you may still grind your teeth, your jaw muscles will be more relaxed, preventing the extreme force common with bruxism.
Don’t worry; you will still be able to eat all of the foods you love. Our dentists are highly skilled and have an extensive knowledge of facial muscles and structures. This means that they are highly skilled in the placement of Botox and other injectable facial enhancements.
If you live in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, or the surrounding areas and you would like to learn more about how Botox can improve your comfort, give us a call to set up an evaluation.
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