If you think that Botox is just for people who want to camouflage their wrinkles, think again. Botox injections actually have a number of medical benefits, including treating headaches and chronic migraines. In fact, Botox injections can actually prevent headaches before they even start. Patients who are suffering from this problem can consider Botox as a possible treatment alternative.
An oral surgeon might not be the first specialist who comes to mind when considering treatment for headaches, but some of these practitioners are trained in administering Botox and are qualified to provide this treatment. You should carefully research providers, however, to be sure that you choose an experienced surgeon for this task.
If you pursue this treatment, your oral surgeon will obtain a detailed medical history to assess whether this intervention might be effective and appropriate for your case. Certain health conditions or other issues may contraindicate Botox treatment, and the surgeon can advise you of this if it applies to you.
Once the oral surgeon determines that Botox can benefit you, you can move forward with the treatment, which involves a series of injections into the head and neck on a regular schedule, usually every 12 weeks or so. An appointment for Botox injections typically takes only 15 minutes, and the shots are administered right in our office.
We understand that some patients may be fearful of needles, but the needles used for Botox are quite small and typically cause no more discomfort than a slight pinprick. The surgeon can discuss the specifics with you in greater detail to address any anxiety that you may have about the process.
After you begin to have some relief from your symptoms, the surgeon will re-evaluate your case to determine the recommended frequency of future injections. You may continue to receive them on the same schedule, or it may be possible to space them out more. Some patients may ultimately need to get injections more frequently, as well.
Do you experience frequent, chronic headaches or migraines that interfere with your daily routine? Botox may help to give you some relief and take back your life. Speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members to learn more about this treatment option.