Therapeutic BOTOX®

Therapeutic BOTOX is an innovative medical treatment using neurotoxins to treat painful medical conditions. Injecting therapeutic Botox into targeted areas temporarily paralyzes or relaxes specific muscles or nerves. Botox® is a safe and effective treatment that has brought relief to millions of patients.

What Can Therapeutic BOTOX® Treat?

 

TMJ Disorder

Therapeutic Botox injections relax specific facial muscles around the temporomandibular joint, reducing spasms. For patients experiencing chronic jaw pain, morning headaches, and jaw tension due to TMJ Disorder, Botox can bring significant relief. In severe cases, the injections can be combined with an oral appliance or physical therapy.

Tension Headaches

Daily tension headaches not associated with TMJ Disorder may be the result of the clenching of muscle clusters that eventually become chronically inflamed and contracted. Injecting Botox into targeted muscles in the base of the skull, temples, and forehead can relax the muscles for up to four months.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Patients who grind their teeth at night may wake up with chronic morning headaches or a painful jaw. Botox injections for bruxism relieve the pain and reduce inflammation while temporarily paralyzing the muscles to prevent teeth grinding.

How Does Therapeutic BOTOX® Work?

Botox is a safe neurotoxin that blocks the release of a neurotransmitter that signals muscle contractions. When we inject Botox into targeted muscles or nerves, they are paralyzed or relaxed for up to four months. This reduces muscle spasms, pain, and tension.

Botox is injected just under the skin using very fine needles. Most individuals feel a slight pinch similar to a bee sting but not painful. Therapeutic benefits are not immediate but will occur within one to three days. The full effect of therapeutic Botox injections may take up to two weeks.

What to Expect After Therapeutic BOTOX® Injections

After receiving Botox injections, you may experience minor swelling and redness at the injection sites that fade within a few hours. The injection sites may feel tender for 1-2 hours. Mild bruising may last for up to two days but is rare.

Therapeutic BOTOX® Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Therapeutic Botox injections last?
Relief from the injections can last anywhere from 3-6 months. Most patients get repeated treatments every three to four months at first. However, with repeated treatment, the effects tend to last longer.

Is Therapeutic BOTOX safe?

Yes. It is FDA-approved and safe when administered by a licensed professional. We are trained and experienced in the appropriate use of Botox to treat conditions of the face, head, and neck.

Is there any downtime needed after BOTOX injections?

No. Aside from some tenderness at the injection site, you will not have any lingering side effects. You can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. If you experience discomfort, an ice pack or over-the-counter pain medication will help. Some patients get their Botox injections on their lunch hour and return to work with no problem.

Does insurance cover Therapeutic BOTOX®?

It depends on your coverage allowances and the medical condition being treated. We encourage you to talk to your insurance provider to determine whether Botox treatments are covered in part or whole.

If you suffer from chronic pain due to TMJ, tension headaches, muscle spasms, or teeth grinding, Therapeutic BOTOX can bring you substantial or total pain relief. Contact our office today at Tarpon River Dental Phone Number (954) 787-6469 to schedule a consultation.