TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center
TMJ Specialists & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Seattle, WA
Nerve blocks, Botox®, and other pain-reducing injections can give you much-needed relief and even improve your daily life. Drs. Pehling and Gupta are dentists and Board Certified TMJ and Orofacial Pain specialist offering proven-successful treatment methods at the TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center in Seattle. Drs. Pehling and Gupta treat TMJ and orofacial pain with the most advanced nonsurgical and minimally invasive solutions. Regain jaw function and diminish pain by calling TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center today.
Injections Q & A
What different types of pain-relieving injections are available?
There are different pain-relieving injections available at the TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center. Drs Pehling and Gupta have done thousands of these injections both safely and effectively.
Some of the most effective medical injections include steroid and hyaluronic acid injections and Botox. These injections can treat TMJ, oral facial pain, and more. Many also decrease muscle tension and inflammation
The injections are quickly and conveniently administered in-office. Options include:
Botox is a medication made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The bacterium produces a specific toxin. When injected in precise, safe, and minor doses to certain muscles in diluted amounts, the toxin weakens the muscles and blocks signaling from your nerves to your muscles. It also calms the pain nerves in your head.
The toxin causes a temporary paralysis of muscle activity and can soothe and relax tense muscles.
A trigeminal nerve block is an injection of a special steroid medication to relieve headaches, facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal nerves are responsible for facial sensations and for helping you chew, bite, and swallow. Blocking these nerves can help you stop feeling facial pain sensations.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative joint injection that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful connective tissue and bone.
Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances, such as dextrose or saline, to prompt healing as well as local anesthetic agents to ease any discomfort with the injection.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Blood is drawn and processed to super concentrate the platelets and growth factors which are the bodies natural healing messengers. These are then inmjected into the cartilage, ligaments and tendons to promote healing.
Some formulas can include platelet-rich plasma and growth factors derived and concentrated from your own blood.
Hyaluronic injections contain hyaluronic acid – a substance naturally found in your bodies soft tissues (skin, cartilage) Hyaluronic Acid binds water into the tissues giving them more cushioning and lubrication (It is a common ingredient in skin lotions). Over time and with disease the Hyaluronic Acid gets degraded weaking the cartilage. Typically you might receive three to five injections spaced a couple weeks apart. This can be combined with Prolotherapy frequently for added effect.
Hyaluronic acid can help reduce pain, decrease jpint noises and improve range of motion. A loss of hyaluronic acid can contribute to joint pain and stiffness.
These injections uses purified umbilical cord/amniotic membrane tissues derived only from normal C-section births. Tissue that would otherwise be destroyed is used as it contains both high amounts of Hyaluronic Acid but also growth factors that stimulate stem cell response and tissue healing.
Trigger Point and IMS
Trigger point injections specifically target the knotted up muscle fibers that are causing your muscle pain and tightness. IMS uses tiny micro needles to do the same thing.
How do I know which pain-relieving injection is best for me?
The right pain-relieving injection depends on your condition and concerns, preferences, current health, and other factors. During your personal consultation, Drs. Pehling and Gupta can discuss the options in detail and help you decide what’s best.
What are the benefits of pain-relieving injections?
As TMJ Orofacial Pain specialists they have provided thousands of pain-relieving injections like Botox due to the many benefits, such as:
- Effectiveness for reducing pain and inflammation
- Quick process
- Convenient in-office treatment
- Nonsurgical solution
- Stimulate your bodies natural healing process
Some of the injections, such as hyaluronic acid, are made of substances naturally found in and completely safe for the human body.
Many people with digestive issues have difficulty taking oral medications, such as pain medications. Pain-relieving medical injections offer another solution that doesn’t impact the digestive system.
Learn the specifics of these pain-relieving injections by calling the office or book online today.