Do you suffer from constant teeth grinding and clenching? Do you experience pain or discomfort in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)? If traditional treatments such as night guards have failed to get results, you may be a candidate for BOTOX®. Our Sarnia dental office is pleased to offer this injectable treatment to help patients find relief from bruxism, TMJ pain and chronic migraines.
Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Karen Davis and Dr. John Milne Dentistry to see if BOTOX® is right for you. We will consider all of your options, including nightguards and relaxation therapy, and then customize a treatment plan that makes sense!
Botulinum toxin, better known as BOTOX®, is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Over the years, scientists have discovered a way to safely administer small doses of this toxin to the benefit of patients. Known for the treatment of wrinkles and facial creases, BOTOX® has now been approved to treat other conditions, including chronic migraines and bruxism. Small, diluted amounts of the substance are injected into specific muscles and the signal from the nerve to the muscle is blocked. The result is a controlled relaxation of the muscle. It’s important to note that results are temporary and may vary per patient. Injections may be recommended once every 12 weeks or less frequently depending on your unique situation.
The injection is done with a fine needle and takes only a matter of minutes. You may experience discomfort similar to a bug bite or pin prick. There is no downtime and you can resume your normal routine immediately, although it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours.
Bruxism is a common condition identified as excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. When left untreated, this condition may damage your teeth and cause TMJ pain, headaches and other problems. Night guards and mouth guards have long been used to protect the teeth, and while this option may be right for you, BOTOX® may be suggested as an alternative or supplemental treatment. BOTOX® can help address the underlying issues and relax the over-active muscles that are causing you to clench or grind.
If you have chronic migraines, BOTOX® is approved to treat people suffering 15 or more headaches per month with each headache lasting 4 hours or more. While not intended to be a cure, this therapy may provide relief by reducing the number of headaches you endure per month.
Your medical history will need to be thoroughly evaluated to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. If you take certain medications or if you have existing muscle, nerve, or skin conditions, BOTOX® may not be right for you.
If you experience difficulty breathing, speaking, swallowing or have eye problems in the hours or days following the procedure, you should speak with a medical professional immediately. Common side effects include neck and injection site pain, fatigue, headaches and allergic reaction. You can rest assured that we will discuss the potential health concerns and address all of your questions in our confidential consultation.
Are you ready to see if BOTOX® is right for you? Contact us today to book your appointment.