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Botox® Therapy

BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) injections are the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. Because muscles can be relaxed using BOTOX, it is valuable for managing chronic pain, such as headaches from TMJ disorder, or chronic migraine headaches. If you suffer from TMJ or chronic migraines, call Shelby Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation. During your visit, discuss the possibility of BOTOX injections to alleviate your pain. It may be the solution providing the pain relief you’ve been looking for!

Approved by the FDA in 2010 for use as a treatment for migraine headaches, there are very few risks associated with BOTOX therapy when used as a treatment for chronic pain. Injections allow for very specifically located treatment, once the origin of pain is determined. Because treatment involves just a few simple injections, most patients are eligible.

For migraine headache pain management, Injections should be divided across 7 specific head/neck muscle areas. It should be repeated every 12 weeks.

As with any medical procedures or treatments using medications, there are potential risks. Among those detected after use of BOTOX injections are the following:

  • Muscles injected can be sore for a few days.
  • BOTOX may cause temporary partial weakening of the injected muscles.
  • When BOTOX is used for an extended period, it may cause atrophy of the muscles injected. This atrophy is reversible if the therapy is discontinued.
  • There have been reports of temporary side effects such as flu-like symptoms, palpitations, tingling sensations, or nausea. These side effects are rare and usually go away within 1-2 days.

There are other dental conditions for which BOTOX may be an effective treatment. As with all medical and dental conditions, it’s vital that you discuss symptoms and possible treatments with your provider at Shelby Family Dentistry. They are equipped to advise you on treatments that are best for you.

Schedule your appointment for Botox therapy with Shelby Family Dentistry today.

At Shelby Family Dentistry, you can expect gentle, compassionate and high-quality care at every visit. We welcome patients of all ages into our family-friendly office.