Botox for TMD Patients
in North Scottsdale, AZ
The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research describes temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) as a group of conditions that affect the muscles of the jaw joint as well as control its movement. If you have TMD, also known as TMJ, you know that it can cause significant pain. This typically radiates through your neck, jaw, or face. Some of the other common indications of TMD include:
- Stiffness of the jaw muscles
- Your upper and lower teeth no longer fit together properly
- Your jaw locks up or you have limited movement of it
- You hear clicking or popping when you open your jaw which can be painful
Like many patients, you have probably tried several remedies to relieve the pain of TMD. When night guards, changing your sleeping position, and reducing stress didn’t bring you sufficient relief, you went searching for a better solution. Botox for TMD in North Scottsdale, AZ offers the long-lasting relief you need.
What is Botox?
According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), the main ingredient in Botox is purified protein. When Dr. Rick injects Botox into your jaw, it relieves pain and stiffness by relaxing the muscles. Although you may have heard that Botox paralyzes your muscles, this is not true. Botox for TMD is relatively new, but AAFE indicates promising early results.
What to Expect from Your Botox Session
It takes just 10 to 30 minutes at our clinic for your appointment. The discomfort of the injections is minimal. Patients who have received Botox on any area of their face commonly compare it to the sensation of a bug bite. You can return to your normal activities right away. Some patients get the relief they need after just one session while others require two or more due to the severity of their symptoms. Dr. Rick will discuss a treatment schedule with you before you receive Botox for TMD for the first time.