Get relief from TMJ disorders with muscle relaxant injections
If you are seeking relief from TMJ disorder, TMJ Centre Melbourne now offers muscle relaxant injections. This treatment helps with grinding and clenching (bruxism) as well as, jaw pain and headaches associated with teeth clenching. With this treatment you can get up to 3 to 4 months of relief from your TMJ-related pain.
Muscles relaxant injections from a dentist
The TMJ Centre Melbourne offers muscle relaxant injections as part of treatment for TMJ disorders. This treatment works by weakening certain jaw muscles enough to reduce the effects of grinding and clenching. But not enough to negatively effect your ability to eat and speak.
Dentists can use muscle relaxant injections to treat:
- Trismus (can’t open your jaw)
- Headaches caused by chewing muscles
- Jaw muscle pain
- Chronic migraine
Most headaches are characterised as being caused by muscle contractions. The injections help headaches by relaxing part of the facial muscles, which prevents the muscles from being able to fully contract. Which in turn minimises headache pain.
What does the treatment involve?
Muscle relaxant injections are administered by a fine needle into the specific muscle contributing to your pain. This is (usually) done without anaesthetic as the only sensation you will feel is the light sting of the needle.
Treating TMJ pain with muscle relaxants ensures only the necessary muscles are treated, leaving the rest of your facial muscles to be unaffected by the injections. The exact dose of muscle relaxant you’ll receive will be determined in your initial consultation and it will depend on the extent of treatment you require.
How many injections are necessary?
The number of injections you’ll require for treatment will depend on your individual needs. Typically one injection is needed in each masseter and temporalis muscle. The dosage varies according to your needs and usually repeat injections are recommended two weeks later. Some individuals may then need another injection a further 2 weeks later. However, this is only a guide—it is no substitution for an actual consult with our team.
How effective is this treatment?
Effects can be felt as quickly as the next day. However, typically, it can take 3 to 4 days, sometimes up to 2 weeks. The benefits of muscle relaxant injections can last for 3 to 4 months.
If you would like to know more, or to request an appointment with TMJ Centre Melbourne, please contact us today.