BOTOX FOR MIGRAINE
& TEETH GRINDING
BOTOX FOR MIGRAINE
We’ve all heard of Botox, responsible for generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. But Botox has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions. In 2010, Botox was approved for use with chronic migraine, and many patients are reporting success.
Botox is injected around pain fibres that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain. Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start, but takes time to work. Looking to the second and third treatments to maximize effects.
Botox is FDA-approved for chronic migraines, which means headaches on 15 or more days a month. The more frequent the headaches, the better the patient does with Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the Botox botulinum toxin is purified and used in tiny doses in specific areas, it
temporarily reduces muscle contractions for approximately 3 months.
BOTOX FOR TEETH GRINDING OR JAW CLENCHING
Botox injections for teeth grinding / jaw clenching is effective for four to six months.
Botox, a simple and short (15-20 Minute) procedure, can prevent unnecessary:
teeth grinding and clenching
facilitate better quality and healthy sleep
prevent damage to the teeth
stop pain and headaches
improve the quality of your life
Teeth grinding occurs due to clenched jaw muscles.
BRUXISM AFFECTS AN ESTIMATED 1 IN 12 ADULTS AND HAS THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
• Severely chipped or worn teeth
• Higher cases of root canal
• Grinding noise and problems when eating
• Swollen gums, or retreated gums without having a gum disease
• Sore jaw muscles, especially in the morning
• Damaged tongue, or chewed inner-area of the cheek
• Facial pain
• Appearance of a shortened face between the chin and nose, and/or an enlarged masseter muscle which makes the jaw look bigger
Botox is normally injected into three of the major muscles that cause teeth grinding;
temporalis, masseter, and the lateral pterygoid muscle.
It relaxes these muscles and conceivably prevents teeth grinding during the sleep. Botox doesn’t affect chewing, talking or eating. Most patients experience a decrease of most or all of their symptoms from Bruxism and TMJ 1 or 2 weeks after the injection. A Botox injection is then effective in this case for 4 to 6 months.
Interested? Book a free consultation to discuss your options