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Has anyone had jaw botox for clenching?

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anxietrist · 19/09/2020 13:41

Did it work? Would you recommend it? Thanks 😊

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ifiwasascent · 19/09/2020 13:52

I'm a dental nurse and we do this all the time for TMJ problems. It's really really effective. We've had patients crying in pain because of their jaw issues and as soon as the botox hits you can see them visibly relaxing straight away.

ifiwasascent · 19/09/2020 13:53

It will help the pain but it won't stop you clenching so get a bite guard as well

anxietrist · 19/09/2020 14:13

@ifiwasascent that's great news, thank you!

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anxietrist · 19/09/2020 14:14

Does it help with clicking or jaw locking?

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MolotovMocktail · 19/09/2020 15:29

It will help the pain but it won't stop you clenching so get a bite guard as well

That’s not true. It completely stops me from clenching. OP it’s been a game changer for me, no more jaw pain and headaches!

Notanothercherrybakewell · 19/09/2020 15:33

I'm really interested in this too, but always worried it changes the face shape. Has anyone that's had it noticed a difference?

MolotovMocktail · 19/09/2020 15:49

Yes it slims the face a bit, not massively in my case but I have chubby cheeks so perhaps it would be more noticeable in someone with a narrower face.

anxietrist · 19/09/2020 16:37

I can't believe I only just found out about this! I'm going to try it - any improvement on my current situation will be worth it

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FinallyFluid · 19/09/2020 16:43

I am already scheduled to sell a kidney for some private dental work, Grin may as well see how much this costs, or at the very least ask my dentist about it.

Notanothercherrybakewell · 19/09/2020 18:18

@FinallyFluid totally off topic I apologise, but had some amazing dental work done In Poland for less than a 1/4 of UK cost including lovely hotel, flights, meals and excursions so might be worth a look.

FinallyFluid · 19/09/2020 18:24

[quote Notanothercherrybakewell]@FinallyFluid totally off topic I apologise, but had some amazing dental work done In Poland for less than a 1/4 of UK cost including lovely hotel, flights, meals and excursions so might be worth a look.[/quote]
I have always said I would consider it, when I used to ponder it for purely cosmetic reasons, but as the work is required as a result of enamel damage due to lack of saliva, due to head and neck cancer radiation and chemo I feel happier sticking with a holistic dentist here.

anxietrist · 21/09/2020 21:40

Well I'm booked in so this time next week I'll tell you how it went!

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YardleyX · 22/09/2020 00:03

Good luck Smile

anxietrist · 29/09/2020 21:40

I had the botox yesterday. The dr said my issue is TMJ dysfunction and Botox may or may not work. I decided to give it a shot so he injected into the masseter muscles as well as higher up near the TMJ joint. He said wait 3 weeks to decide if it has worked and if it has to come back for some more. I'm stressing out today because my whole jaw feels way more tense and painful than usual & I have a tension headache too. I don't remember him saying anything about it getting worse before it gets better so I'm going to ring the clinic tomorrow and check but really hoping it's only a temporary side effect and things will get better!

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LockdownLemon · 29/09/2020 23:52

So sorry - fingers crossed it gets better. I'm going to try acupuncture next week for my pain. I'll let you know if it

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FinallyFluid · 29/09/2020 23:56

Spoke to my dentist, she said the jury is out 50/50 on it, she did point out however that if it became a regular thing that the jaw muscle which is frozen could atrophy.

I have decided to pass.

granadagirl · 30/09/2020 00:07

Keep us updated please as I’d like to know how it’s progressing
Was it the dentist that did it? Also if you don’t mind how much did it costs?

My dentist sent me to dental hospital!!!!
I bet he doesn’t do it

anxietrist · 30/09/2020 11:52

It was a doctor who did it. It cost £275 😕. It's much better today so I'll hold off on calling and see how it feels over the next few days. Will keep you updated.

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anxietrist · 30/09/2020 11:58

the jaw muscle which is frozen could atrophy.

Is that not kind of the point? If someone clenches/grinds the muscle becomes overused & enlarged so you want it to weaken

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SoddingWeddings · 30/09/2020 12:05

OP I have botox for migraine (40 injections) and they warn you things might be worse for a few days, as they are injecting into areas which are often hypersensitive due to the migraines. I can imagine it's similar for you.

I've been thinking about this for a while - I clench my jaw badly, and grind my teeth horrifically. I chew through a dental nightguard every few weeks at the most, my record is a few days. I can't get any replacements now either because my NHS dentist doesn't even answer the bloody phone never mind see anyone.

Where did you go for this treatment if you don't mind? I'm looking for a Dr led clinic, but would be happy with a dentist or nurse doing the injecting as they are often better at it in my experience!

anxietrist · 30/09/2020 12:15

@SoddingWeddings I went to dermaskin in Manchester

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anxietrist · 30/09/2020 12:16

& thanks for the info on it being worse initially, that's reassuring!

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spiderlight · 30/09/2020 12:30

I didn't know this was a thing! I have Botox for migraines, which helps, but I clench my jaw in my sleep a lot and can't get on with the bite guard my dentist made. Would I approach this via the dentist initially, or my GP?

anxietrist · 30/09/2020 13:30

@spiderlight I just went straight to the clinic but I think it would make sense to speak to your dentist more than gp

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