Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, has an impact on many people. However, it is rarely treated. Bruxism is teeth grinding that occurs at night time. Over time, clenching and grinding of teeth can lead to permanent damage. It can also cause pain, headaches, and disorders of the jaw.
Traditional treatment of bruxism is a dental guard worn during the night. This prevents the upper and lower teeth from making contact with one another. While this can help out some patients, it does not fully resolve the issue of preventing these muscles from contracting. Other known treatments for bruxism include drug treatments like dopamine and benzodiazepines. These are at times effective to treat bruxism but are not yet considered a primary solution.
Few patients are aware that one effective method for stopping bruxism is BOTOX. BOTOX, the same product that treats wrinkles can also contract muscles that make you grind teeth at night. Treatments work by essentially disabling the muscles that allow the jaw to rest without teeth clenching. During treatment, BOTOX is injected into two of the primary muscles that cause teeth to grind. These muscles are the masseter and the temporalis muscles. The masseter muscle is found in the jaw, whereas the temporalis muscle is in the scalp. There are fewer BOTOX injections that are required to treat bruxism than other purposes, like anti-aging treatments.
Treatments only lasts for a handful of minutes, and can allow you to sleep better, while also stopping the habits of bruxism. This injection on the jaw muscles normally stays in effect for four to six months. After these effects lapse, another treatment is required for continued effects of BOTOX.
What is great about this treatment is that it does not affect daytime actions such as talking, eating, or breathing. You can go about your life just as normal. Patients can expect BOTOX to take full effect on their sleeping habits in about two weeks after a procedure. During the night, you can notice how Botox can control these nighttime symptoms better than a dental guard can.
If you are experiencing symptoms of teeth grinding, and are looking for an effective solution, BOTOX could help you. Reach out to us here at Gertsberg Aesthetics and speak to one of our caring professionals about this effective remedy. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!