If you have serious migraines in Brentwood and you’re exploring options for relief, you may have heard that Botox can be used to assist in migraine prevention and treatment. Is this really true? Can Botox help with your migraines? The team at The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry is knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you may have.
Botox is a product that’s used for a variety of cosmetic and medical conditions. It’s made from botulinum toxin, a type of neurotoxin that’s produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Despite the fact that it’s made from a poison, Botox is actually completely safe to use and has a number of helpful uses.
When it’s injected into a muscle, the toxin paralyzes the muscle and restricts its range of motion, causing it to relax. This is how Botox treats wrinkles. Paralyzing the muscles underneath the skin helps it look smoother and rejuvenates your appearance.
Its uses are more than just skin deep. Botox has been approved to treat more than 20 medical conditions, including hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), eyelid spasms, overactive bladders and much more.
Botox helps treat migraines in the same way that it helps treat fine lines and wrinkles. It blocks chemical receptors and paralyzes some of your muscles. Since many migraines are “tension headaches” and caused by the muscles of the face, head, and neck, Botox can help reduce the prevalence and intensity of migraines.
According to the American Migraine Foundation, Botox reduces the average number of headache days by 50% in patients who experience more than 15 headaches per month.
Yes. The FDA has fully approved Botox for migraine treatment, so it’s completely safe. In addition, this treatment is typically covered by medical insurance at most providers. We recommend consulting with your doctor and insurance company to ensure that you are eligible for Botox treatment for migraines.
The Botox treatment process is quite simple. Usually, you will get injections once every 3 months, since each Botox injection usually lasts about 10-12 weeks. It may take two consecutive 3-month appointments for your Botox treatment to reach maximum efficacy.
At each appointment, your doctor will inject multiple doses of Botox into a few different areas, including the back of your neck, your forehead, your temples, your neck, the bridge of your nose, and even your upper back, in some cases. The process usually takes only 15-30 minutes.
If you have chronic migraines in Brentwood and you’re interested in exploring Botox in more detail, Dr. Will Jones can help. As a dentist, Dr. Jones is intimately familiar with the structures of the face, head, and neck, and can provide precise Botox injections that provide powerful results.
To learn more about Botox for migraines and schedule an appointment, you can contact us at (615) 941-3368 or stop by our office at 6716 Nolensville Road, Suite 120, Brentwood, TN 37027. Dr. Jones is always accepting new patients, so we hope to see you soon.