Botox® for Migraine Headache & Jaw Pain Relief
Botox®, or botulinum toxin, has been proven effective to temporarily reduce or even eliminate pain associated with chronic migraines caused by tension. By injecting specific areas of the neck, shoulders, face and head, Dr. Haslam helps stop prevent headaches before they ever start by causing affected muscles to relax and tension to dissipate.
As a dentist, Dr. Haslam has devoted thousands of hours to the study and treatment of the face, neck and head. He utilizes only the highest quality products, including Botox and Xeomin®, in his efforts to help his patients experience less chronic pain. Jaw pain associated with TMJ, tooth clenching and tooth grinding can also be reduced for months at a time.
FAQ’s About Botox for Headache & Pain Relief
Botulinum toxin, often called Botox, has been used for years to reduce the look of wrinkles and has a number of medical benefits. It works by causing muscles to relax—they literally cannot tighten. Without tense muscles, many headaches, jaw pain and other problems simply cannot happen.
If you’ve ever gone to the dentist because you needed a cavity filled or a new crown, odds are you had one or more injections delivered by him or her. Dentistry is one medical profession in which the doctor—not a nurse or other provider—performs injections. Combined with years of study and specializing in treating conditions of the head, face and neck, it makes sense that a dentist is the ideal choice to deliver Botox injections for pain relief.
In our experience as well as in national testing, pain relief is achieved for three months or more after injection. For those with chronic migraines and tension headaches who find treatment success, we recommend they return every 12 weeks to give them the best chance of remaining pain-free.
Haslam Family Dental patients who have undergone the procedure have reported little to no pain at the time of injection.
Most injections take less than 15 minutes to complete, but it depends on the number of injection sites and any other services we may be providing to the patient.
It takes approximately two weeks before the botulinum toxin achieves its full effect for most patients; however, some Haslam Family Dental patients have reported a reduction in the frequency, length or severity of migraine or tension headaches within several days after a Botox injection.
All insurance plans vary in terms of their coverage, and we do not bill the insurance company on your behalf. We do, however, prepare the information you’ll need to submit the paperwork to your insurance provider. Injections may also be covered by your flexible medical plan.
As with any medical procedure, some side effects have been reported. Some of the most common side effects include redness or bruising at the injection site, headaches and flu-like symptoms. We will review those with you during your consultation and at the time of your injection to ensure you are fully informed of any potential risk and/or side effects.