Botox® has quickly become the leader in the treatment of TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) Syndrome, chronic headaches, and all associated jaw tension and pain syndromes including myofascial pain syndrome.
To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Oestervemb will perform an extensive examination and consultation to review pros and cons of the different treatment options – Botox is just one of many state of the art techniques we offer.
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin is well-known for causing life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. But, when used correctly, it can weaken or paralyze certain muscles or block certain nerves depending on the desired effect.
How can Botox help with my pain?
We mainly use Botox to weaken your chewing muscles and limit your pain from grinding and clenching. There is no loss of sensitivity and it does not usually affect normal functions such as eating, speaking or chewing.
In the state of Virginia trained dentists can use Botox for muscle pain and other dental related pains but they are not allowed to use it for cosmetic purposes. If you are interested in Botox for cosmetic reasons we will be more than happy to provide you with a referral.