Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is one of the most effective and popular treatment options available for TMJ/TMD and migraine headaches. Botox is a prescription medicine that is a purified protein that works by blocking overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions. It temporarily relaxes the contractions of the underlying jaw and facial muscles.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and temporomandibular muscle disorders (TMD) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating/chewing, and swallowing. If the muscles that open and close the jaw are overworked through excessive teeth grinding and/or clenching, you may suffer severe migraine headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw.
Trigger points in the muscles that move the jaw can refer pain to the cheeks, lower jaw, upper and lower molar teeth, neck and/or shoulder muscles. Botox relieves jaw and headache tension by making the muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious contraction that produces headaches and pain. A non-surgical procedure, Botox injections are administered by Dr. Schwartz in his Brooklyn office and treatment requires no hospital stay. The length of the treatment depends on the number of injections needed as determined by Dr. Schwartz.
The effect is temporary and lasts from approximately three to ten months, depending on the individual patient and indication. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.
Migraines are painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. A migraine episode can be debilitating, with symptoms (intense pulsing or throbbing pain) that change minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour and day-to-day.
Botox (approved by the FDA), is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraines who have 15 or more days each month with headaches lasting 4 or more hours each day. In order to experience the full effectiveness, Botox therapy requires a commitment from both you and Dr. Schwartz.
Botox used to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms. Not knowing when a headache or migraine will occur can be challenging.
Patients who suffer from TMJ/TMD or severe migraine headaches should discuss with Dr. Schwartz whether Botox is the appropriate treatment for them. For a consultation or to make an appointment please call our office at 718-946-6600.