Botox is beneficial for both cosmetic and medical reasons. The drug has been FDA-approved for treating chronic migraines due to its safety and effectiveness. It is considered one of the premier treatments for migraine patients who do not respond well to other types of medication.
In this article, we will review how Botox prevents chronic migraines and why you should see your dentist to receive this treatment.
What Is a Migraine?
A migraine is a kind of severe headache that interferes with patients’ quality of life. If you have migraines, you already know how much they can disrupt your daily activities with throbbing pain, pulsing sensations, visual disturbances, and nausea, among other symptoms.
Migraines cause patients to miss many work days each year and keep them from participating in family activities. Patients may search for years to find a solution to their migraines. While effective oral medications for migraines exist, finding a solution that works for chronic migraines may be more difficult.
How Botox Works on Migraines
Botox reduces both the frequency and strength of chronic migraines. The doctor injects the medication around the nerves and fibers that cause headaches. Botox affects the nerve endings and prevents the chemical transmission of pain signals.
Botox can prevent chronic migraines, but it takes a few treatments before patients experience the full effects. After two treatments spaced 10 to 12 weeks apart, many patients see their headache days reduced by about half.
The FDA approves Botox for chronic migraine in adults 18 and over. Patients younger than 18 may receive off-label treatment, but insurance may not cover it.
Other Uses of Botox
Botox also helps patients with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. The medication reduces muscle movement and contractions resulting from teeth grinding, a poor dental bite, or stress. When the jaw muscles relax, the collection of symptoms accompanying TMJ disorders may stop. Many dentists include Botox in their TMJ treatment protocol.
Botox began as a cosmetic treatment before researchers discovered its medical uses. The drug works very well to relax contracting facial muscles and reduce lines and wrinkles. It is especially effective on fine wrinkles and creases around the eye (crows’ feet). Both men and women can benefit from this treatment.
Why See a Dentist for Botox?
Dentists receive extensive training on the structure and function of facial muscles and nerves. Many dentists participate in rigorous training courses and other programs to help them use Botox in their practice. Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry in Fairfield, CT believes that Botox benefits his patients, especially for TMJ relief.
Visiting your dentist for Botox is more convenient than seeing other providers. You can combine Botox treatment with other dental services for maximum time savings.
Call Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry
If you suffer from chronic migraines or TMJ or simply want to rejuvenate your smile, call Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry at 203-255-6878. Dr. Donald Miller can provide this important service to improve your well-being and appearance.
Dr. Donald Miller specializes in general, family and cosmetic dentistry and is an active member of the Fairfield, CT community. He has practiced dentistry in Fairfield for over 25 years. Get to know Dr. Miller better by visiting our website. You can also read Google Reviews submitted by patients for a personal recommendation.