Botox® FAQ

Q: What is TMJ and how can Botox® help?

A: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TJD) is the medical term used for bruxism or teeth grinding. The symptoms of teeth grinding or teeth clenching arise from how we handle feelings of stress in our everyday lives. People who clench or grind their teeth during the day often don’t notice that they are doing it. The habit is even more uncontrolled at night while sufferers are asleep.

Q: What does the procedure entail?

A: During the Botox® for TMJ procedure, Dr. Nick will place some ice along each side of your jaw to numb it and proceed to administer the Botox® injections into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw). The procedure takes approximately five minutes for each side.
The Botox® for chronic migraine procedure involves a total of 31 injections in seven key areas of the head and neck. The procedure typically takes approximately 15 minutes. Sometimes, because the muscles become so relaxed, patients experience a headache or migraine the day of the procedure. This is common and will dissipate the following day.

Q: How do I know if I am I a candidate for Botox® for TMJ or chronic migraine?

A: The best way to determine if you are a candidate for Botox® treatment is to come in for an initial consultation with Dr. Nick. Here, Dr. Nick will evaluate your individual needs and provide you with treatment options. Each individual is unique and requires a customized dosage of Botox®. Dr. Nick is experienced in determining the proper dosage necessary for each individual patient.

Q: How soon will I notice a difference?

A: Most patients start feeling the effects the following day. Those patients receiving treatment for chronic migraines usually notice the dissipation of pain by the end of the first week.

Q: How often will I need to receive Botox® injections?

A: Injections are usually repeated every four to six months. For patients who receive Botox® to treat TMJ, the habit of teeth grinding is usually broken after the second treatment. Everyone is different. Dr. Nick will be able to assess your particular symptoms and create a treatment plan specific to your needs.