Botox is a naturally occurring protein that causes muscle relaxation. In addition to its application in facial esthetics, it has many benefits in medicine such as relieving muscular spasm and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). It can also help treat some of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders as well as facial pain. If you have TMJ disorders, facial pain, or headaches, you may benefit from Botox treatment.
Botox can help with the following issues:
- Jaw tension
- Reduced mouth opening
Botox treatment for TMJ disorders is a non-surgical procedure. One of our qualified Interface surgeons will be able to deliver the treatment in our clinic. Treatment session may takes only 10 to 30 minutes. Depending on the case, 3 to 4 sessions may be needed.
Our surgeons might apply Botox to your forehead, temple and jaw muscles and other areas depending on the symptoms. The number and dose of Botox therapy will depend on the individual. Botox injection is quite comfortable. It has been described as the sensation of a “bug bite”. No local anesthetic is needed. Individuals who have had Botox for TMJ can expect to return to regular activities as soon as they leave our office.
Most patients feel relief within the first 24 to 48 hours with the peak effect in 2 weeks and last about 3 months. Our surgeons will assess your response in the first 2 weeks. In some cases, additional units may be needed depending on the response to initial treatment.
It is recommended that you refrain exertional activity for up to 48 hours. Please avoid rubbing or massaging the injection sites for several hours after treatment to prevent the toxin from spreading to other muscles. Facial make-up can be worn without any issues.
Some insurance plans will cover Botox injections for TMJ and facial pain treatments. The fee for treatment can vary depending on several factors including the number of injections required, the severity of your symptoms.
Some side effects of Botox for TMJ include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary eyelid droop
Botox injections are not the only treatment for TMJ issues and facial pain. Our surgeons working together with your healthcare providers may recommend other options. There are several other surgical and non-surgical treatments to help ease your symptoms, which can include:
- Medications like pain relievers
- Muscle relaxants
- Oral splints or mouth guards
- Open joint surgery
- Surgery on the mandible
- Relaxation techniques