Therapeutic Botox Treatment in Peterborough, ON
When thinking of treatments for dental and muscular issues, most patients don’t think of Botox and are surprised to learn that it is used for more than cosmetic procedures. Therapeutic Botox treatments or non-cosmetic Botox can treat teeth grinding, jaw clenching, migraines, muscle control issues, and other medical conditions. Learn everything you need to know about therapeutic Botox treatments at Kawartha Dental Clinic.
What is Therapeutic Botox?
Muscle tension in the face, jaws, and neck can cause various problems, such as chronic pain, non-restorative sleep, headaches, and more. You probably have heard of the cosmetic uses for Botox. But many patients are unaware that a therapeutic Botox treatment can help tense muscles relax. Dr. Sokary uses Botox to target and relieve muscle tension and trigger points around your face and elsewhere.
Therapeutic Botox Vs. Cosmetic Botox
The most significant difference between cosmetic Botox and therapeutic Botox is the goal of the treatment. The purpose of cosmetic Botox is to smooth and reduce signs of aging, like crow’s feet, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles. The goal of therapeutic Botox is to reduce pain and treat medical issues like headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and excessive sweating.
Dr. Sokary begins the process with a comprehensive exam to establish a diagnosis, create a treatment plan, and consider your preferences. Insurance probably won’t cover cosmetic Botox, whereas therapeutic Botox maybe covered in part or full by your medical and dental insurance. Our office is happy to help determine your benefits eligibility by communicating directly with your insurance provider.
Botox takes about two to three days for the results to be evident and two weeks for the full therapeutic effects. The effects of Botox will last for about three to six months before another treatment is necessary. For patients with excessive sweating, Botox usually is administered every six months.
What Can Therapeutic Botox Treat?
When injected, Botox reduces nerve and glandular activity to relax nearby muscles and relieve pain or other symptoms. For many patients, a therapeutic Botox treatment is effective for three to six months. A single Botox treatment can alleviate or correct the following medical conditions:
- Migraines (chronic, severe headaches)
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching)
- Muscle spasms
- Overactive sweat glands
- Pain trigger points
Are There Any Side Effects of Therapeutic Botox?
Therapeutic Botox treatments are safe, and adverse side effects are infrequent. Other anecdotal side effects exist from cosmetic Botox treatments but are still rare. In all cases, the side effects of Botox are temporary. In these rare cases, side effects have included the following:
- Weakness in muscles near the injection site
- Facial asymmetry
- Dry mouth
- Mild bruising and soreness near the injection site
How Long Does Therapeutic Botox Last?
Botox is effective but not permanent. The duration of its effects is different for every patient and depends on the purpose and location of the treatment. Depending on the patient and location of the injection, you will need to get a Botox treatment every time the previous treatment wears off. Therapeutic Botox usually lasts for three to six months before patients need another treatment. Call our office to schedule your consultation and determine if therapeutic Botox treatments are right for you.