Advanced Dental Arts NW is proud and excited to be one of the first dentists in Portland to offer Botox and similar treatments for the comfort and well-being of our patients! Whether it is for treatment of bruxism, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, TMJ, facial pain, or for the associated benefits of looking younger and less stressed, Portland dentist Dr. Teasdale and our experienced staff are happy to help you assess this wonderful option to help you look and feel your best.
Teeth Grinding and Botox Treatment
Teeth 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, which still remain the best long-term solutions. 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 Treatment
Dentists 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 Treatment
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, or think you might, you should schedule a consultation with Portland dentist Dr. Teasdale. While sleep apnea is not something that Dr. Teasdale can diagnose, most cases of the disorder also causes bruxism, which is an easily identifiable condition. Our conservative treatments, which may include either Botox or 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 schedule a consultation with Botox dentist Dr. Teasdale 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!