If you regularly experience migraines, headaches, or pain in your jaws or face, you know how disruptive these symptoms can be to your quality of living and sense of wellbeing. With such close proximity to your brain, pain in your head, jaw, or neck is distracting at best and debilitating at worst. Along with uncomfortable physical symptoms, you may also experience the onset or exacerbation of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression.
While the root cause isn’t always known, migraines, headaches, and orofacial pain are often triggered or worsened by hyperactivity in your jaw muscles. Your jaw joints (called the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs) are incredibly powerful, producing an average biting force of 162 pounds per square inch. When your TMJs are well aligned and free from stress or injury, you likely won’t give them a second thought when you chew your food, yawn, and speak. But if your bite is misaligned or if your grind or clench your teeth (called bruxism), you may experience a wide range of physical symptoms that negatively impact your teeth, jaws, face, head, and neck.
Derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Botox is an injectable medication that has over 20 FDA-approved applications. Botox temporarily inhibits contractions in targeted muscles by quieting the signals (called neurotransmitters) between muscles and their nerves. This localized muscle relaxation may help alleviate the muscle tension that triggers migraines, headaches, and orofacial pain, in addition to improving jaw mobility, comfort, and function.
As a highly trained expert in craniofacial anatomy, Dr. Wohlers is pleased to offer therapeutic Botox treatments to help her patients find relief from migraines, headaches, bruxism, and temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
A Botox treatment is a minimally invasive treatment that is usually completed within 30 minutes. Most patients describe the injection experience as similar to a bug bite or light pinch, and are able to resume their daily activities after treatment. The results of each Botox treatment generally lasts between one and six months and can be routinely repeated for long-lasting symptom relief.