Understanding the Use of Botox Injections in Dentistry

Botox injections are known for minimizing fine lines and facial wrinkles. However, doctors use these injections to address other problems such as chronic migraine, hyperhidrosis, eye twitching, bladder dysfunction, and painful neck contractions (cervical dystonia). Botox injections contain a toxin produced by a microbe that causes botulism which temporarily prevents muscle movements. Today, dentists use Ardsley Botox for patients with bruxism, high lip lines, bruxism, temporomandibular joint disorder, and ill-fitting dentures due to shifting jaw muscles.

How to prepare for a Botox injection

An initial consultation with your doctor is an integral part of the preparations. Discussing with your specialist allows you to understand what issues Botox injections can and cannot address. It is always a great way to clear any uncertainties and gain more insight into what treatment entails. During a consultation, your doctor may ask you several questions, including whether you have had Botox injections in recent months and if you are currently taking allergy medications and muscle relaxants. Although Botox injections are usually safe when placed precisely, pregnant and breastfeeding moms are not good candidates.

Pre instructions for Botox

  • Do take any alcoholic products at least 24 hours before treatment, as doing so increases your risk of bruising.
  • Discontinue the use of fish oil supplements, vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen since they have blood-thinning properties and can cause bruising and swelling. Discuss with your doctor if your medical condition does not allow you to stop using these medications.
  • Notify your specialist if you have a history of cold sores. If this is the case, your doctor may require that you take antiviral medication before treatment.

Are there any risks?

Treatment is relatively safe when working with a certified and skilled doctor. Even so, some side effects or complications may result after Botox injections. They include:

  • Pain and swelling at the treated area
  • Bruising
  • Crooked smile
  • Headache

What to expect during a Botox procedure

Although most patients tolerate the discomfort during treatment, some prefer numbing, especially those whose palms are soles are treated for hidrosis. The doctor may use topical anesthesia or ice to desensitize the treatment area. Treatment can be performed in your doctor’s office, where a thin needle is used to inject small amounts of the toxin into your muscles. You may need several injections depending on your problem or the extent of the treated area. You may feel a sudden, sharp sting and some pressure as the doctor inserts the needle.

Post instructions for Botox

  • Avoid massaging or rubbing the injection site as this may cause the toxin to spread into other areas.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities like weight lifting for at least 24 hours.
  • Sometimes the doctor may ask you to maintain an upright position at least four hours after treatment.

How long do the results last?

Most patients experience relief from symptoms at least one to three days after treatment. The results are temporary and usually last for three to six months, and subsequent treatments may be needed to maintain the effects.

If you want to learn how to benefit from Botox injections, consult with your specialist today at Ardsley Dental Spa.