What is TMJ?
To really understand how Botox can be an excellent solution to your TMJ symptoms, let’s take a moment to talk about your TMJ— also known as your temporomandibular joint. This joint acts as a hinge for your mouth that allows you to speak and eat.
Unfortunately, the TMJ can become sensitive to stress, whether physical, emotional, or even psychological. When we become stressed, our muscles can become tense, leading us to clench or grind our jaw, further damaging and irritating the TMJ. This often results in significant problems for your mouth and jaw, including:
- Swelling in the face
- Enlarged Masseter muscles
- Clicking noise in your jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Headaches and migraines
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
- Ringing ears
- Neck & shoulder pain
- Soreness in the cheeks and jaw
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name of the toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works by blocking the specific chemical signals to nerves that cause the muscles to relax. In addition to Botox, other neuromodulators, including Dysport® and Xeomin®, can be used to treat signs of aging. The most common use of these injections is to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles temporarily, but Botox can also be used to reduce the symptoms of:
How Botox Can Help Relax Your Jaw Muscles
Botox has been known to significantly decrease the pain associated with TMJ and increases mouth movements for three months following treatment. Botox is typically recommended as a complementary treatment to other TMJ therapies, such as night guards and physical therapy. But there have been cases where Botox treatments are all that’s needed to help the joint to relax. Once the muscles around the TMJ can unclench, you’ll begin to notice other benefits too:
- Headaches will become less frequent or disappear completely
- You might feel less anxious
- You’ll sleep more soundly
- You can protect your teeth from bruxism, or causing flat or cracked teeth
- Teeth may become less sensitive
- Less nerve problems in teeth
What To Expect from A TMJ Botox Treatment with Dr. McCoy
Dr. McCoy administers all Botox injections at her modern boutique in Snoqualmie. To begin, Dr. McCoy will sit down with you in one of her comfortable chairs to discuss the issues you’ve been experiencing with TMJ. Dr. McCoy will also do a thorough assessment of your jaw to see if there is swelling or tenderness and make sure that TMJ disorder is the cause of your painful symptoms.
Dr. McCoy may also utilize several different imaging tests, including X-Ray, CT Scan, or MRI, to see if there are any other problems with the structure of the jaw. Then, you will finish your consultation by discussing your treatment and agreeing on a plan.
Dr. McCoy believes that no two people are the same. That’s why she customizes Botox treatments to meet the individual needs of each patient. However, this is generally how a Botox treatment for TMJ will go:
Ideal Candidates For Botox To Treat TMJ
If you are one of the many people suffering from the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder, you are likely a suitable candidate for Botox injections. Dr. McCoy treats both men and women of a wide age range in her boutique—and even uses Botox to help treat severe migraines.
If you feel you meet these general criteria and would like to see how Botox can help you treat your TMJ disorder, your next step is to schedule a friendly consultation with Dr. McCoy.
Why Choose Dr. McCoy and Ageless Aesthetics For Your Botox Injections To Treat TMJ?
Dr. McCoy has been successfully helping patients solve their TMJ pain for many years. As an exclusive injection specialist, Dr. McCoy has completed advanced training, including 7 years of extensive training through Allergan (the creators of Botox), the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), and the National Laser Institute, while continually educating herself on the most up-to-date technique and therapies.
Dr. McCoy and her team of experts at Ageless Aesthetics are committed to making sure that you feel confident and prepared in your care before committing to a treatment. Her main priority is to make sure that her patients feel valued, heard, and respected throughout their entire experience.
You can learn more about Dr. McCoy’s training, philosophy, and more by visiting her bio page.