Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Why go to a dentist for botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox treatment?  It is now estimated that almost 20% of North American dentists are performing Botox and dermal filler therapy, whether for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. 

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers:

Botox injectiuons at Dr. Abeyta's medical spa

Botox is a protein that can be injected into the facial muscles.  It doesn’t affect the muscles themselves. It blocks the transmitters in the nerves that trigger the muscles and stops them from contracting. This halts the motion that induces wrinkles. Three to ten days after the treatment, the skin surrounding these muscles smooths itself out.

Dermal fillers are injections that replace the collagen and fat in the skin that naturally wane as we age, leading to thinning lips and deep wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

Besides the cosmetic effects, studies have shown that Botox helps patients with facial pain, TMJ and bruxism.  Botox injections can retrain muscles to help people adjust to dentures or oral devices. In such cases, having a trained dentist who understands the aesthetic and dental part of the procedure administer the injections, is truly beneficial.

Dentists are experts of the muscle and bone architecture of the face. Their training and experience are steeped in facial structure and muscles. They have trained for numerous years and have a background that equips them with the ability to achieve more precise and natural-looking results than other Botox health professionals. 

Other reasons to go to a dentist for Botox treatment:

  • Though a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is definitely qualified, in most cases, it is the Physician’s Assistant or nurse who administers the Botox injections. 
  • Most patients, who receive cosmetic treatments, report that injections done by dentists are less painful and quicker than injections done by other healthcare workers.

As knowledge about the dental applications of Botox expands, more and more states are allowing dentists to administer Botox. For safe and effective Botox treatment and cosmetic dentistry in Albuquerque, NM contact Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611. 

Dental Botox in Albuquerque

Dental Botox in Albuquerque from an experienced Dentist

Dental Botox in Albuquerque

Although many have heard of Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, few know what is does, what it is, and what it is used for. Cosmetic Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles of the face. It is used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. However, Botox is also used in dentistry!

What Is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic has been tested for over twenty years and has one of the highest proven safety records. Side effects are typically temporary. Bo-tox® Cosmetic is a Natural Purified Protein derived from bacteria, just as Penicillin is derived from mold. Lines and wrinkles form from movement of the brow muscles. Botox® Cosmetic injections reduce the muscle contractions that cause skin to crease. Botox has grown in popularity and use over the last 50 years or so.

The effect of a botox injection is to relax or block neuromuscular transmission to the injection site. While the primary use currently is cosmetic, the dental community has discovered that if injected into a muscle of the face or neck, Botox will relax strained muscles so those areas can recover.

Patients who clench or grind their teeth, consciously or not, cause a tremendous amount of strain on the lower and upper jaw muscles as well as their necks.

Dr. Abeyta offers this treatment in the office.

There are several options before we begin treatment. Since this is an injection, and there is some discomfort, there are several methods to make this less uncomfortable if required including:
• We can offer a small numbing injection to start.
• A prescription cream can be applied 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
• A blast of very cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds to help numb the area

During the procedure a thin needle is used to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles.

You can expect to resume all normal daily activities immediately following the procedure.

Dental Botox is used to help relax strained muscles in your jaw and neck so those areas can recover. Please contact the office to learn more or make an appointment.

Other Medical Uses for Botox

There are many other medical uses for Botox than just a wrinkle treatment, read to learn more.

other medical uses for botox

These days, Botox is synonymous with movie stars and aging gracefully.  We have all heard of it. Many of us swear by it.  There is no doubt that it is an effective and inexpensive way to take 10 years off your face. But there are many other medical uses for Botox that most people aren’t even aware of. Read on to learn about these other medical uses of Botox.

  • Migraines. Botox has been an effective treatment option to help prevent migraines. It is considered by many physicians if other treatments are ineffective or cause adverse side effects.
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox has been used to treat individuals with hyperhidrosis.  It works by stopping signals from the brain to the sweat glands. It has been commonly injected in areas such as palms, soles of the feet and armpits.
  • Incontinence. Incontinence affects roughly 20% of the population.  It is more common with women over 40 and those who have given birth. A 2012 study in the European journal Urology found that injecting botox into the outer wall of the bladder can halt this often embarrassing condition.
  • Tendinitis. Recent research has shown people with tendinitis (tennis elbow) have experienced reduced pain and inflammation. When injections are given in the affected area, people have found relief from pain without the negative effects on the liver commonly found with anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy is a nerve condition that causes one side of a person’s face to droop. Botox injections can help to reduce the effects of drooping by relaxing muscles, reducing muscle spasms and twitching.
  • Strabismus. Strabismus is a vision disorder that causes the eyes to become crossed. People with this disorder are unable to focus on an object with both eyes in the same direction. Injecting one of the eye muscles with Botox weakens the muscle.  This helps the eyes realign themselves temporarily correcting the condition.
  • Eye twitching. This is a repetitive muscle spasm of the eye with uncontrolled blinking. Doctors can inject Botox into the eyelid, stopping these spasms almost completely for several months.
  • Essential tremor. Essential tremor is a type of nerve disorder that causes uncontrollable tremors (shaking) of certain parts of the body. Botox has been used to treat these tremors effectively in many patients.

Whether it is used for a wrinkle treatment, or any other medical uses, it is important to know that the treatment is only temporary.  Botox is active and effective in the body for approximately 3 to 6 months. Repeat injections are necessary to continue to get the desired result for any of these treatments.  Make sure you always go to a reputable doctor for any Botox injections. Dr. Alicia Abeyta offers safe and effective injections for fighting wrinkles or any other medical uses of Botox. Call to schedule your appointment today!

TMD Treatment with Botox

Botox can be used to treat your TMJ disorders!

Botox is an injection that is used to relax facial muscles.  It is famous for releasing wrinkles of the forehead and ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes.  Botox, however, can also be used in TMD to help relax the muscles of the jaw that cause TMD problems that arise from muscle tension.  For more information, please visit our website, https://bestalbuquerquedentists.com/tmj_therapy.php!

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