Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can significantly lower the quality of your life by causing headaches, pain, and tenderness in the neck, jaw, temples, and shoulders. TMJ pain can result from grinding/clenching of teeth, facial or masticatory muscle stress, or jaw trauma.
TMJ treatment options vary depending on the type and the cause of the pain. Once our TMJ specialist diagnoses the cause of your pain, they will select a treatment plan that is best for your situation.
Some treatment options include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), ultrasound, therapeutic BOTOX® injections, laser therapy, and trigger-point injections.
Only your dentist can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for these treatments. Following the appropriate treatment, you can experience significant improvement in pain, functionality, and tenderness in the TMJ.
Please schedule an appointment with our TMJ specialist near you to learn more about your treatment options.
Migraine is a common throbbing headache often isolated to one side of the head. People suffering from migraine headaches experience episodic attacks preceded by warning symptoms called auras. Migraines are also called sick headaches, as they are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light.
Treatment at our dental office can significantly reduce the pain and the frequency of the attacks.
Botulinum toxin, or BOTOX®, can provide migraine relief for many patients, even those with chronic symptoms. The BOTOX treatment involves injecting BOTOX around the head and neck at intervals of about 12 weeks to dull future symptoms.
The FDA approves the BOTOX treatment for people suffering from chronic migraines that last four hours or longer, 15 days a month. However, it would be best to discuss with our migraine specialist near you whether BOTOX treatment is right for you.
Please book an appointment today to learn more about BOTOX and other treatment options.
Trigger points are specific locations on the skeletal muscles of the head and neck that are hyper-irritable, causing pain and discomfort. In most cases, the trigger points are present as nodules in the taut band of the skeletal muscles of the jaw and other facial muscles.
Trigger point pain can be classified into the following two types-
Myalgia: Pain is localized to the site of the pain, and there is no referred pain
Myofascial: Trigger points can cause referred pain in different areas of the muscle
Myofascial trigger point therapy aims to improve blood circulation to the trigger point, stretching the taut band and releasing the surrounding fasciae.
Manipulations during trigger point massage therapy can help improve circulation and promote healing. However, trigger point injections can loosen the tightness in severe cases and relieve pain.
Please book an appointment today to learn more about how trigger point therapy can help you.
BOTOX®, or the Botulinum toxin, has found unique medical applications thanks to its ability to relax skeletal muscles temporarily. Doctors have also been using BOTOX for migraines with great results.
Our specialists can treat other conditions like TMJ disorders and myofascial pain with BOTOX near you.
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid lying down or falling asleep for about 4-5 hours after Botox treatment. The main reason is to ensure that the toxin stays put in the areas it was injected. If the toxin travels to other muscles of your face, you might experience side effects. The most common side effects include drooping muscles of the eyelids and eyebrows.
Thankfully, BOTOX does not make you sleepy, and staying awake for a few hours after the treatment should not be a problem.
Please book an appointment for BOTOX treatment near you today!
A trigger point is often a palpable nodule in the taut band of your skeletal muscle that causes local twitch response, tenderness, and sometimes referred pain. People with trigger points in their muscles often develop a jump sign response where they wince or cry out due to intense pain.
Trigger-point massage therapy can help relieve the intensity and frequency of the pain.
Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen can sometimes offer symptomatic relief, but it is short-lasting and ineffective in chronic cases. Trigger point release massage is a better, long-lasting solution to treat the underlying condition by improving blood circulation to the affected muscle area. It involves ischemic compression, spray and stretch, and manual lymphatic drainage.
Massage therapy of the pressure point for jaw pain can also help reduce TMJ-associated myofascial pain.
Book an appointment today for trigger point therapy near you for chronic myofascial pain and other conditions.