Therapeutic Use of Botox

Many patients are shocked to hear that their dentist is now trained in administering Botox. While Botox is most commonly known for its use in fighting the aging process, it is also an important tool in dealing with dental related muscle hyperactivity. Traditional appliance therapy and bite adjustments are the most common tools for dealing with  conditions like bruxism, temporomandibular joint disfunction, clenching, hypersalivation and masseteric hypertrophy. Botox inhibits the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which causes muscle contraction. This is very beneficial for parafunctional habits as an injection of Botox directly into the temporal and masseter muscles can help relieve the pain and muscle tension of these conditions. In cases of hypersalivation the Botox is injected directly into the parotid and submandibular glands to significantly reduce salivary flow. If you suffer from any of these conditions it recommended that you discuss the option of Botox injections as part of your treatment with your dentist.