My wife told me that her dentist suggested she have Botox done to help her with her TMJ Disorder. I have to say I am a bit skeptical. This sounds like just a sneaky way to get Botox and pretend it is medical. Is there any legitimate reason to get Botox in regard to TMJ Disorder?
While it may initially sound like it is an excuse to get rid of wrinkles or sagging skin, there really is a legitimate use for Botox in helping to treat TMJ Disorder. Because it can be used to relax the muscles around the Temporal mandibular joint, it is able to take pressure off the joint and will allow your wife to get a break from the pain. The good news for you is it is less expensive than other, more invasive treatments available for TMJ. Another chronic condition it can treat is migraines. Those who get migraines from tension can find instant relief using Botox injections.
So, to answer your question, no, your wife and her dentist have not conspired to get you to help her get a facial. They really are trying to help her deal with her TMJ Disorder.
It is a low cost way to help relieve the pain. This may keep her from needing other things such as custom fitted orthotics, orthodontics to realign her bite, or even oral surgery.
This blog is brought to you by West Seneca Dentist Dr. Carl Embury.