Though well-known for the ability to minimize signs of aging, Botox injections are also known to successfully relieve a variety of TMJ symptoms and bruxism for many patients in the Phoenix and Mesa area. When used to treat TMJ, Botox relaxes your jaw and surrounding muscles, preventing jaw clenching and teeth grinding throughout the day. Not only can Botox injections relieve jaw pain, but they can also reduce the effects of TMJ headaches and other related pain or discomfort.
Everyone’s anatomy is different, as well as their TMJ case. There are two areas where Botox injections can be administered to help relieve symptoms:
- Masseter – the muscle that runs through the rear part of the cheek from the temporal bone to the lower jaw on each side and closes the jaw in chewing.
- Temporalis – the fan-shaped muscle that runs from the side of the skull to the back of the lower jaw and is involved in closing the mouth and chewing.
One of our doctors at Saguaro Dermatology in Phoenix or Mesa will ask you to clench your jaw in order to identify the points and then relax for the Botox insertion. They will then precisely inject the solution into the targeted muscles with a fine needle.
Depending on how big your masseter and/or temporalis muscles are, as well as your specific needs, anywhere between 15 and 25 units of Botox will be used per side. Once the injections are administered, it will take between 2 and 3 weeks to be effective.
For most patients in the Phoenix and Mesa area, the results from Botox injections for TMJ last 4 to 6 months. After that time, the effects of the Botox injections will begin to fade, which is why follow-up injections can help maintain results. It has been found that with subsequent treatments over time, many patients need less of the solution and begin to experience longer-lasting results. This is because the muscles are being re-conditioned to reduce overactivity.
Using Botox injections to treat TMJ results in very minimal side effects. Most patients report normal function of the treated muscles and are unanimously satisfied with the results.
As with any type of injection, it is possible that some slight bruising might occur at the injection site.
If you’ve never received Botox before, you should expect some sensation; it will feel slightly heavy in the injection areas and you might feel a bit off. And any sensation you feel after means it’s working.
If you require numbing or sedation, our doctors at Saguaro Dermatology in Phoenix or Mesa will be happy to discuss your options, but most patients are pleasantly surprised to experience no pain. There is no recovery period after receiving this treatment and most patients return to their regular routine right away.
At Saguaro Dermatology in Phoenix and Mesa, we charge a $750 flat fee for Botox injections for TMJ. Our team is happy to discuss the procedure, price and payment options with you at any time. Please feel free to contact one of our offices.
In most cases, Botox for TMJ or bruxism is usually not covered by insurance. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company before receiving treatment to understand the financial responsibility.
Although used cosmetically, Botox injection is a medical dermatology treatment and should be performed by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Our board-certified dermatologist and professional staff will know the specifics of your health history and treatment and will be able to respond to any concerns you have. Treatments provided by Saguaro Dermatology are always customized to an individual patient’s needs, lifestyle, and other circumstances.