Injections Specialist

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. Jason Pehling, DDS, MS, is a conscientious dentist and TMJ and orofacial pain specialist offering proven-successful treatment methods at the TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center in Seattle. Dr. Pehling treats TMJ and orofacial pain with the latest in convenient nonsurgical solutions. Relax muscle tension and diminish pain by calling TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center or scheduling online 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. 

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. 

The toxin causes a temporary paralysis of muscle activity and can soothe and relax tense muscles.

Nerve block

A trigeminal nerve block is an injection of a special steroid medication to relieve facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia. Nerve blocks are usually administered with X-ray guidance following the injection of an anesthetic.

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. 

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 body. Depending on the type of hyaluronic injection used, you might receive a single injection, or three to five injections spaced a week apart. 

Hyaluronic acid can help reduce pain. A loss of hyaluronic acid can contribute to joint pain and stiffness.

Trigger Point and IMS

Trigger point injections specifically target the knotted up muscles that are causing your pain. 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, Dr. Pehling can discuss the options in detail and help you decide what’s best.

What are the benefits of pain-relieving injections like Botox and nerve blocks?

The TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center provides 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

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.