Botox for Pain - BOTOX® is not just for wrinkles!
Botox for pain is a great solution for the treatment of TMJ teeth clenching (Bruxism) chronic headaches, including migraines, and many associated jaw tension and pain syndromes. Dr. Elseweifi also offer Botox for facial rejuvination and reduction of facial wrinkles.
Botox for Pain of Teeth Clenching (Bruxism)
Bruxism is a sleeping disorder that results from hyperactivity of jaw muscles, usually the masseter and temporalis. Bruxism causes loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. Bruxism sufferers frequently wake up with a sore jaw.
Although dental devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night for bruxism sufferers, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding. 2012 Studies by World Dental Federation and published by the National Institute of Health, show success of the use of Botox for Pain of bruxism.
Botox for Pain of Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. It is caused by sensitive points in the muscles (trigger points). Pain originates in the trigger points but is usually referred to other parts (referred pain).
Botox for Pain of Myofacial Pain Syndrome gives significant relief. Botox® /Xeomin ® is injected in and around the triger points that cause the pain.
Botox for Pain of Migraines
Migraines are debilitating headaches that cause intense pulsing or throbbing pain and affect about 12% of Americans.
In 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox for pain of migraines. At Bucktown Dental, we follow the FDA protocol for the use of Botox for pain of migraine. Dr. Elseweifi injects Botox®/Xeomin ® at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms.
How Does Botox for Pain Work?
When it comes to Botox for pain, we use both Botox®/Xeomin® (botulinum toxin). The drugs relax the muscles, thus reducing hyperactivity and spasm:
- It reduces the muscles ability to engage in problematic functions such as clinching and grinding in myofascial pain syndrome.
- It reduces the frequency of bruxism events and decrease bruxism-induced pain levels.
- It reduces muscle spasm that causes various types of chronic headache.
- Botox for Pain may take from 1-2 weeks to show visible effects.
- Botox/Xeomin ® usually lasts 4-6 months after the initial treatment. The medications need to be injected for the effect to last.
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