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BOTOX® Therapy and TMJ Treatment in San Francisco

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders including teeth grinding (Bruxism), headaches, severe stress, and lock jaw can be therapeutically treated with BOTOX® therapy. BOTOX® is placed in specific muscles which work with your TMJ and can provide relief. Utilizing a mouth guard for grinding teeth is one method to manage the clenching and grinding that might be contributing to headaches. As the clenching and grinding is alleviated from the TMJ treatment, so are the headaches.

Patients can have difficulty distinguishing a TMJ headache from a traditional one. TMJ headaches are typically the result of teeth grinding or tensing up of jaw muscles but can also be linked to issues relating to osteoarthritis, joint hypermobility, or osteoporosis. Sunset Dentistry is San Francisco’s choice for TMJ pain relief.

3-6 months depending on the person. For cases where the initial pain is high, we recommend 3-4 months.

It varies per person but on average 50-100 units are used.

No, that means the total number of Botox units. This can vary from 10-20 injection sites depending on the person’s needs.

The short answer is no. However, you can absolutely use your FSA/HSA for your botox treatment. Some patients do not need further documentation other than a receipt. Should you need a form to be filled out or a letter of medical necessity, we are happy to do that for you. The best thing is to contact your HR and find out if any additional information is needed. There are some patients with Kaiser Medical that have been able to receive reimbursement. If this applies to you, we can fill out the adjunctive form for a reimbursement request.

Teeth grinding or bruxism traditionally occurs while we sleep and can be linked to stress or anxiety. Sunset Dentistry focuses on recognizing indicators of teeth grinding and provides options such as a dental nightguard to assist in managing the condition. Some quick tips to help stop teeth grinding are:

  1. Seek help: This is number one for a reason and we are here to help. Teeth grinding may be a symptom of other sleep-related issues so also seek help from your primary healthcare provider.
  2. Meditate: Meditation can help reduce the stress and anxiety that may causing bruxism. There are number of great mobile apps and services that offer daily meditation courses.
  3. Exercise: Endorphins are our body’s way to relief stress and pain. Exercise produces endorphins that can help shift your mood and provide the relaxation your body needs for a restful night’s sleep.
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