Botox: Treating Your TMJ

Are you experiencing pain associated with temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)? Those who have TMJ can suffer from severe tension headaches and jaw pain.

Previously, the options for treating TMJ were limited to pain relievers, muscle relaxers, mouth guards, or surgery. Recently, the famed cosmetic drug Botox has been recognized for its use as an alternative treatment for the pain associated with TMJ.

 

How does Botox help my TMJ?

Botox works by relaxing the muscles it is injected into, creating instant relief. In the case of TMJ, Botox is injected into the muscles located on either side of the head where the jawbone meets the skull. When these muscles (usually the masseter or temporalis muscles) become overworked, they can cause severe tension headaches and jaw pain. Botox is a non-surgical option that works to relax the muscles it is injected into, thus relieving the pain associated with TMJ.

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure is non-surgical and only requires a brief visit from the doctors at Alexandria ENT. Patients have described the sensation as a quick sting, similar to a bug bite. After the injection, jaw tenderness and headaches will disappear almost immediately. Because of the non-invasive nature of this procedure, it is highly likely that the patient can return to normal activities immediately.

If you are continuing to suffer from the symptoms associated with TMJ, talk to the doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates to explore treatment options. Contact our friendly staff to make an appointment at (318) 443-8380.