Cathy J. Santone, D.D.S.

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BOTOX® Cosmetic

Why Choose a Dentist for Dental Therapeutic BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) Injections?

botox_logoBOTOX® Cosmetic is an exciting expansion to the wide range of dental and facial aesthetic treatments offered at Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry. Dentists use BOTOX® injections for the management and treatment of pain and discomfort in the jaw muscles. Pain is caused by overactive jaw muscles, which can spread from the temporomandibular joint to the neck and shoulders—even leading to frequent headaches and migraines. BOTOX® injections can significantly reduce the symptoms of jaw muscle pain, especially when combined with a bite-protection appliance such as a night guard. By weakening the overactive clenching and grinding muscles, BOTOX® injections prevent these muscles from involuntarily contracting and provide relief for many men and women.

In addition to her training in using BOTOX® injections to address and manage jaw muscle pain as well as teeth grinding (bruxism), our skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cathy J. Santone, is trained and certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic for its most common use today – the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. With Dr. Santone’s addition of BOTOX® Cosmetic to her patients overall Smile Enhancement treatment plan, patients can now receive dental treatment and achieve smoother, younger-looking skin to match their rejuvenated smile.

Aesthetic Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on a very broad range of patients to address some of the most common signs of aging. The benefits of this popular injectable can include:

  • Eliminating facial lines and wrinkles
  • Softening the look of crow’s feet
  • Reducing the appearance of frown lines
  • Relaxing the furrows between the eyebrows

Patients should notice results within four to seven days of their treatment, with optimal results in two weeks. Many men and women have BOTOX® treatments performed after their routine dental cleaning appointment, as the injections only take about 15-30 minutes to complete. The results of your BOTOX® treatment will typically last up to three months, and your new younger, rested look can often be easily maintained with regular follow-up treatments.

Why Is BOTOX® Injected for TMJ Disorder?

While BOTOX® is popularly used to soften wrinkles and fine lines, it is also utilized therapeutically by medical professionals to manage TMJ symptoms such as muscle soreness, pain, and headaches. As a neuromodulator, onabotulinumtoxinA contains muscle-relaxing properties that can not only make it ideal for wrinkle reduction, but also helpful in alleviating pain caused by hyperactive jaw muscles. In many cases, temporomandibular disorder—also known as TMD—is the result of pressure on the jaw joints caused by teeth clenching and grinding. When night guard therapy proves ineffective, BOTOX® can often be an effective pain management tool to break up the cycle of jaw pain felt throughout the day by temporarily preventing overuse of the facial muscles.

BOTOX® Injection Sites 

Depending on your symptoms and concerns, BOTOX® can be injected in several regions of the face:

  • Masseter muscle (lower jawbone): Alleviates jaw pain or soreness in the facial muscles
  • Temporalis muscle (temples): Helps provide relief for headaches and/or migraines
  • Forehead: Smooths horizontal lines along the brow to improve a stressed or aged look
  • Frown lines: Softens “eleven” wrinkles to diminish an angry or concerned expression
  • Crow’s feet: Minimizes expression lines that surround the corners of the eyes

Are There Side Effects From Injecting BOTOX®?

Mild redness may occur immediately after injection, which should resolve naturally. If BOTOX® is not injected by a qualified medical professional, side effects from injecting the product for TMD can include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and temporary eyelid droop. That said, treatment rarely produces side effects when administered by an experienced BOTOX® provider. Dr. Cathy J. Santone has been injecting BOTOX® as a minimally invasive TMJ treatment for over 5 years. Having undergone initial hands-on training from the Dental Academy of Facial Aesthetics with periodic continuing education, she is extremely qualified to inject BOTOX® for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.

How Long Does BOTOX® for TMJ Disorder Last?

BOTOX® can provide relief from TMJ symptoms for up to three or four months before the effects begin to fade. If used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, the longevity of the outcome is often the same or slightly longer. In most cases, the results of BOTOX® are more enduring when a patient receives treatment on a regular basis.

How Much Does BOTOX® Cost?

The price of BOTOX® is $11 per unit, with the total cost varying from patient to patient based on how many units are necessary to resolve your concerns. Rest assured that a member of our office will provide you with a personalized quote before your treatment. If preferred, we accept outside dental financing from CareCredit®, a leading healthcare lending company that offers qualified patients several low- to no-interest payment plans to choose from based on their budgetary concerns. If you have any questions regarding the price of treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry for more information.

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