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What Are Bruxism and Sialorrhea?

Bruxism is a medical condition that leads to clenching and grinding of the teeth, while Sialorrhea describes excessive salivation or drooling. Bruxism can cause headaches, damage your teeth, and leave your jaw feeling sore after a night’s sleep. Sialorrhea can be both inconvenient and embarrassing. Botox has been revealed to be an effective treatment for these conditions.

How Can Botox Treat Bruxism and Sialorrhea?

One potential cause for both Bruxism and Sialorrhea is a failure of oral and facial muscles to perform correctly as the result of neurological disorders. When the root cause of these conditions can be traced back to such a source, the application of Botox can help ease clenching and grinding, and aid normal swallowing to prevent drooling.

  • In one study, 100% of patients with Sialorrhea showed a reduction in symptoms.
  • Of these, 91% experienced significant reductions in symptoms.
  • The remaining 9 % had medical complications that resulted in lower reduction rates.
  • Studies reveal that Botox produces meaningful pain reduction when used to treat Bruxism.

Botox For Sialorrhea and Bruxism at Premier Neurology

Botox is not a cure for either Bruxism or Sialorrhea but is an effective way of reducing symptoms caused by these conditions. Treating these conditions with Botox involves putting an injection into the affected muscles, reducing the action of these muscles that cause the jaw to clench or excess saliva to be created. Certain medical and psychological conditions can produce these effects, including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • ADHD
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder)
  • Epilepsy

Botox has been shown to provide meaningful relief for symptoms of Bruxism and Sialorrhea for patients suffering from this condition. Botox is not a permanent cure, but a treatment that will need to be applied on an ongoing basis if continued results are desired.

What To Watch For Following Your Botox Treatment

The side-effects of Botox treatment are few, but they bear watching out for. In rare cases, patients may experience a ‘drooping smile’ caused by the paralytic action of Botox. Some evidence suggests that extended use (especially for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) may result in loss of bone density at the injection site. Following your treatment, keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms and report them to our clinic immediately if identified.

How Can I Ensure I’m Ready For My Appointment?

Preparing for your Botox appointment at Premier Neurology and Wellness Center starts with a call to our friendly staff. They’ll help get you set up with the proper paperwork and schedule an appointment for you to speak to Dr. Rabih Kashouty and discuss your options. Botox treatment is a short and easy procedure, and you’ll be able to drive yourself home afterward. For more information, call 732-284-1123. We anticipate seeing you at our 1050 SE Monterey Rd, Suite 302, Stuart, FL location!