The use of Botox in cosmetic applications is gaining attention, and you've likely heard about it many times. But did you know that it can be as simple as visiting your dentist? We are pleased to be one of the few dental practices that offer this unique treatment.
Botox (botulinum toxin A) is a natural protein purified for medicinal use. Designed for simplicity and safety, it's gently injected into the muscles of the face. Within 2 to 10 days, the muscles begin to relax. As a result, the skin over the muscles relaxes and wrinkles disappear! We use it to smooth unsightly wrinkles in the forehead, between and around the eyes, at the corners of the mouth, and other areas.
In addition to improving the way you look, Botox can also relieve pain. As experts of the face and mouth, dentists understand that pain and headaches come from many sources. We use Botox to provide lasting relaxation to the muscles that cause chronic headaches and TMJ pain. There is no numbness or other discomfort caused in the areas where Botox application occurs. For most patients, results usually last three to four months. Botox can simply be reapplied as needed.
Whether you want to recapture your youth or put an end to headaches and jaw pain, we can find a way for Botox to help you.
Warning: Distant spread of Toxin Effect
Postmarketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, ptosis, dysphagia, dysphonia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence, and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death.
The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for spasticity but symptoms can also occur in adults treated for spasticity and other conditions, particularly in those patients who have an underlying condition that would predispose them to these symptoms. In unapproved uses, including spasticity in children, and in approved indications, cases of spread of effect have been reported at doses comparable to those used to treat cervical dystonia and upper limb spasticity and at lower doses.