Drs. Larissa Bishop and Rebecca Vander Baan are both qualified to administer. Botox is a powerful muscle relaxant with few side effects, making it perfect for patients who have jaws that clench, lock, or contribute to headaches and migraines.
While the average Botox treatment takes about 30 minutes, patients can experience relief from their symptoms for up to four months.
Am I a Candidate for Botox?
Each patient is different. That’s why our dentists will need to meet with you to discuss the symptoms you’d like to treat, as well as evaluate your medical history.
- Migraines and Headaches: We may recommend jaw clenching. Botox helps relax the muscles in your jaw to reduce the intensity and number of times you bite down and clench. This helps you protect tooth enamel, temporomandibular joints, and other oral structures from long-term damage. caused by
- Jaw Locking: Our dentists may also recommend Botox if your jaw frequently locks in a biting position. When this happens, patients can only open their mouths a little or not at all, which can be frightening. Botox injections help relax the muscles responsible for locking your jaw.
- Gummy Smile: Some patients love their gummy smiles. Others, not so much. If you fall into the latter group, schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists. We can use Botox to relax the upper lip so it covers more of your gums.
- Excessive Salivation: A certain amount of saliva is normal to help keep your mouth moist and rinse away food particles. However, some patients produce too much saliva, which can lead to uncontrollable drooling. In this situation, our dentists may recommend Botox injections into the salivary glands.
What Can I Expect?
Most patients describe the injections as feeling like a “small pinch.” Once you’re ready, we’ll have you contract the muscles in your jaw and face to determine the most appropriate injection sites.
Next, one of our dentists will inject several units into the targeted muscle or gland. Botox stays where it’s injected, which means you won’t have to worry about it affecting other areas of your body. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, you should be able to return to work or school after your appointment.