If you’re looking for a way to reduce your TMJ symptoms without surgery, it may be time to consider Botox. It’s a popular treatment for wrinkles, but it can also be used to help reduce facial pain and muscle atrophy linked to TMJ.
How Does It Work?
In a simple process, a trained dentist injects a small amount of Botox into the strained muscles that cause your TMJ symptoms. This neurotoxin blocks nerve signals from reaching the affected muscles to relax them and allow your jaw to move freely again.
You’ll typically feel stinging or tenderness when you get your injection, but these symptoms are short-lived and usually subside within a few hours. Be sure to avoid rubbing or massaging the areas where you received your injections. This can spread the medication to other facial muscles and cause more pain or discomfort.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
Many people are surprised to find out that Botox can be used for TMJ disorder and can provide relief from painful jaw movements. It can even be used to treat headaches and facial pain that are related to TMJ.
It’s a quick procedure to administer, and the results are long-lasting, although you should still be sure to visit our office for maintenance treatments every few months. Our doctors will also recommend that you keep your TMJ symptoms in check with over-the-counter pain medications, antidepressants, acupuncture, and exercise to prevent further complications from developing.
Will Insurance Cover Botox for Tmj?
Because it’s not FDA-approved for TMJ disorders, most health insurance plans do not cover botox. However, some health insurance companies will pay for it as an off-label use for TMJ or bruxism.
The cost of Botox for TMJ will vary depending on your location and the seriousness of your symptoms. It will also depend on the number of injections that your doctor recommends.
Will Insurance Cover Botox if I’m on Insurance?
While most people think of Botox as a cosmetic treatment, it is often used to treat migraines and hyperhidrosis. In addition, it has been found to be effective in treating TMJ and bruxism.
What are the side effects of Botox for Tmj?
Botox is a prescription medicine that contains a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. It’s most commonly used for wrinkle treatment, but it can treat various medical conditions, including migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Can I See a Dentist About TMJ?
TMJ is a complex condition that can affect your face, neck, and other body parts. Symptoms of TMJ include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. These symptoms can make it difficult to eat and speak, chew or swallow food properly and sleep soundly at night.
If you’re suffering from TMJ, we can provide you with a holistic and biological approach to the issue that may include other treatments such as acupuncture, dry needling, massage, or an appliance that can help relieve your symptoms.