Find Migraine & Headache Solutions in Salem, OR
Are you tired of tossing medications at your constant jaw pain or chronic migraines? Our dentists can quickly diagnose the source of these problems and provide drug-free migraine and headache solutions in Salem, OR. Here are some of the benefits of working with us to manage these problems:Dr. Hanson Talks about Botox Read Transcript
Anybody's eligible, but mainly we'll give it to people who have headaches, people who have tried a lot of other things as far as their headaches go. If they're at their wits' end and they don't really know why, we can do a full muscular test to figure out which muscles may or may not be involved, and then give Botox in the areas based on how much we think that they would possibly need. Botox works by kind of numbing the muscles a little bit, for lack of a better word. That's why it works aesthetically because it dulls out the muscles and then you don't see the lines in your face. With headaches, if the headaches are caused by muscular overworking or tension that could be from clenching or grinding or in your head and neck, you can give Botox in those areas, and a lot of times, the headaches will go away.
Some patients do a one time thing, but it is more or less an ongoing thing. If it works really well for you the first time you do it, you usually get about three to four months of relief. After that, it can be four to six, and then some patients can stretch it a little bit longer. Everybody's a little bit different. Their body will process the Botox a little bit differently, a little bit shorter, a little bit faster, so you can't always tell somebody exactly how much relief they're going to get.
A lot of the patients that we've done this on, they don't have immediate relief. It's not like you give them this and they walk out of your office feeling a lot better. It takes time for it to set in, but the patients who have gone through with it do say that they really feel like they have had dramatic reduction in how bad their headaches are. Whether it's frequency, intensity, I guess, of the headaches, the patients that we've done Botox on really feel like it helps.
A lot of people don't realize that it is a muscle toxin that basically will go in and kind of knock out a certain set of muscles. A lot of patients have headaches. They have clenching, grinding. Sometimes they think it's a tooth ache. They'll come in and we'll test, and there's nothing wrong with their teeth, but we can find their different muscles will be bulging when they bite together or clench or grind. By giving Botox in those areas, we can get rid of whatever pain it is they may think that they have. They might think it's their tooth, and in reality, it's actually overworking of the muscles because they're clenching or grinding, or they're walking around stressed all day long. They don't even realize it.
- Relieving constant headaches
- Eliminating annoying ringing in your ears
- Taking the pressure off your teeth, jaw, and facial muscles
- Reducing the risk of dental trauma and wear and tear on teeth
At Oregon Smile Care Center, we take a look at the entire oral cavity to provide safe, comfortable solutions. So give us a call today at (503) 837-2718 to book a visit.
Resolve Facial Pains & Muscle Tension with Noninvasive Therapy
Similar to TMJ treatment, we can pinpoint the origin of your pesky migraines or headaches and set up effective treatment. Involuntary habits like clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism) often cause jaw tenderness, tooth pain, muscle problems, and headaches. But one set of teeth isn’t the same as another, and not every symptom has just one solution. Our office has trained extensively to help patients resolve nagging headaches and facial pain once and for all with custom treatments. Here’s what we can do for you:
- Light neck massages to remove tension from your muscles
- Nutritional counseling assessment and review of daily habits
- Custom guards you can wear during the day or at night to ease jaw tension
- Orthodontics like Invisalign to improve your bite and tooth alignment
- Restorative dentistry, including full-mouth reconstructions, to adjust your bite
- Joint location adjustment to move your jawbone into a more appropriate location, often through one of the above therapies
- BOTOX® injections help to relax muscles that are causing your headaches in order to give you relief
Removing jaw tension improves your overall wellness and oral health. At Oregon Smile Care Center, we’re focused on getting our patients out of pain and improving their life. You don’t have to suffer chronic headaches any longer. Give us a call today at (503) 837-2718 to schedule your appointment for migraine and headache solutions in Salem, OR.