Teeth Grinding and Botox TreatmentTeeth grinding and clenching—conditions referred to as bruxism—are both related directly to the powerful muscles along the jaw that activate in response to a chewing reflex. This is normal. But when these muscles work without the presence of food, the excessive force applied against your teeth can cause considerable damage to your teeth and underlying bone structure. Until now, our only options for stopping teeth grinding while sleeping was fixing how the teeth fit together with orthodontic or restorative treatments, followed by Disclusion Time Reduction treatment, which provides the best long-term solution. However, in the short-term, renewable Botox treatments can greatly eliminate the tendency to grind and clench by reducing the power of the jaw muscles. This provides the muscles a chance to relax, which gives the skin a more relaxed and comfortable appearance that bestows an aura of youthfulness, tranquility, and confidence that takes years off your appearance.
Relieve TMJ With Botox TreatmentDentists and physicians have known for decades that jaw pain is seldom the result of a bad temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but is rather the result of the muscles pulling excessively or in an unbalanced manner. As the muscles become stressed, they trigger discomfort and pain throughout the face, head, neck, and body. Sometimes when stimulated, “trigger points” can cause pain to shoot to remote sites throughout the body, often in entirely different muscles. Occasionally an area can cause discomfort even when gently pressured. This discomfort can cause or increase migraine headaches, which can be quite debilitating and can last for days.
When used properly, Botox treatments for TMJ can relieve and often block migraine headaches and sore muscles for months at a time, providing patients with relief from TMJ symptoms they have suffered from for years. As an added bonus, the same Botox injection used to treat TMJ discomfort can give patients a more youthful, energetic, and beautiful radiance. What a wonderful perk!
Sleep Apnea, Bruxism, and Botox TreatmentIf you have obstructive sleep apnea, or think you might, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Teasdale. While sleep apnea is not something that Dr. Teasdale or any dentist can diagnose, in most cases the disorder also causes bruxism, which IS a readily identifiable dental condition. Our conservative treatments, which may include either Botox or highly specialized sleep guards, or both, typically resolve problems with sleep apnea, and are a whole lot more comfortable than the use of a CPAP unit (as any CPAP-wearer will confirm).
Please call us to schedule a consultation to discuss how Botox treatments for TMJ might be right for you. We are happy to work with you and your physician to provide you the good night sleep that your body needs and that you deserve. You cannot possibly look or feel your best without a good night’s rest. It is the key to everything!