One of the non-surgical treatments Dr. David McAninch and Dr. Robert Kiken offer for TMJ disorders is BOTOX®. While many people associate BOTOX with cosmetic facial treatments, it can also be used to effectively treat TMJ disorders, migraine headaches, and other problems. For more information about BOTOX treatments for TMJ in Santa Barbara, California, and to schedule your appointment with our oral surgeons, please call Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of your head where your jawbone meets your skull. This joint is used every day when you speak, eat, and swallow. If it becomes overworked or displaced due to tooth grinding, misalignment, trauma, or other factors, it can cause you significant discomfort, including sharp jaw pain and tension headaches.

BOTOX works by temporarily freezing the muscles in the area if the injection. When these muscles are frozen, they can no longer clench or grind, which allows them to rest, heal, and repair, and relieves the symptoms of TMJ. In addition to relieving your pain and discomfort, your BOTOX treatment may also result in improved facial symmetry. You can expect the effects of your BOTOX treatment to last up to 5 months.

We welcome you to call our office today if you have questions about how BOTOX can help relieve your TMJ disorder, and to set up your consultation with our caring oral surgeons.