TMD Botox Treatment in Reno, NV

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can be a source of persistent discomfort, impacting jaw movement and causing pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. At WestSide Dental Studio, our experienced Reno, NV dentist, Dr. Chelsea Dean, offers an avenue for managing this condition through Botox treatment, which has shown promising results in alleviating symptoms and improving quality of life for those affected. 

If you’re suffering with TMD, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Dean by calling (775) 686-6029.

What Is TMJ/TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMD refers to a range of conditions affecting this joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. It can manifest as pain or discomfort in the jaw joint, difficulty chewing, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, and even headaches or earaches.

Signs and Symptoms of TMD

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty chewing or discomfort while eating
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when moving the jaw
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Locking of the jaw joint

Benefits of TMD Botox Treatment

Dr. Dean typically recommends TMD Botox Treatment due to its various benefits, including:

  • Reduced jaw pain and discomfort: Botox injections target overactive muscles, easing pain and promoting comfort during daily activities.
  • Improved jaw movement and function: By relaxing muscles, Botox enhances jaw mobility, facilitating tasks like chewing and speaking without restriction.
  • Decreased frequency and intensity of headaches or earaches: Botox alleviates muscle tension around the jaw joint, leading to fewer and less severe headaches and earaches.
  • Minimized jaw muscle tension: Botox temporarily paralyzes targeted muscles, reducing tension and promoting relaxation, resulting in decreased stiffness and soreness.
  • Enhanced quality of life and overall well-being: Relief from pain and improved jaw function contribute to increased comfort, confidence, and satisfaction in daily life activities.

TMD Botox Treatment Process

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The treatment process starts with a consultation at our Reno dental office to evaluate the individual's TMD symptoms and medical history.


A thorough assessment is conducted to identify specific areas of muscle tension and dysfunction contributing to TMD symptoms.

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Discussion of treatment goals and expectations

During the consultation, treatment goals and expectations are discussed between the individual and our Reno dentist to ensure alignment and understanding.

Administration of Botox injections into specific jaw muscles

Following the assessment and goal discussion, Botox injections are precisely administered into targeted jaw muscles to relax them and alleviate TMD symptoms.

Aftercare Tips

Following the TMD Botox Treatment, it’s important to follow these essential aftercare instructions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is TMD Botox treatment painful?

The procedure typically causes minimal discomfort, similar to receiving any injection. Local anesthesia may be used to numb the area for added comfort.

How long do the effects of TMD Botox treatment last?

Results can vary, but many individuals experience relief for several months before requiring additional injections.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with TMD Botox treatment?

Possible side effects may include temporary weakness or numbness in the treated area, bruising, or headache. These are usually mild and resolve on their own.

Is TMD Botox treatment covered by insurance?

Coverage varies depending on the individual's insurance plan and the specific circumstances. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider for details regarding coverage.

Experience Relief at WestSide Dental Studio

TMD Botox treatment offers a valuable option for managing the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, providing relief and improving quality of life for those affected. Learn more about TMD Botox treatment by scheduling a consultation at our Reno, NV dental office by calling(775) 686-6029. 

Am I A Good Candidate For TMD Botox Treatment?

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You’re In Pain

If you are experiencing significant pain and discomfort from TMD, Botox treatment is a good option. It may help relieve pain, tenderness, and discomfort and promote healing.

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You Grind Your Teeth

Botox is a particularly good choice if teeth grinding contributes to TMD. Since it paralyzes some of your facial muscles, Botox can be used to reduce the severity and frequency of teeth grinding, and encourage your TMJ to heal.

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Other Treatments Haven’t Worked

If you have tried other treatments like lifestyle changes, oral appliance therapy (OAT) and physical therapy and they have not provided the results you want, Botox is likely a good choice for you.

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There’s no time like the present to get started on your journey to your best smile yet. We can’t wait to meet you, so be sure to get in touch today with your local dentist in Reno