If you have chronic migraines, you know that debilitating headaches can make it hard to participate fully in life and accomplish simple tasks. Someone is considered to have chronic migraines if they have 15 or more headaches a month that last more than four hours. Although pain medication and migraine drugs are the most popular treatment for this condition, not all patients respond well, if at all. For these patients, preventative treatments are necessary. Botox injections from Southern Dental DDS are an FDA-approved, clinically proven method for managing chronic migraines and reducing headache frequency by an average of 9 per month. We’ve answered a few of the common questions that visitors to our office have concerning this procedure below.
What is Botox?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a drug made by the Clostridium botulinem bacteria. Although this toxin causes a deadly form of food poisoning when eaten, when injected it has many medical and aesthetic uses. Migraine relief is one of the most popular and underrated reasons that patients have Botox injection procedures.
Isn’t it Used for Reducing Wrinkles?
Botox was first widely used to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is still quite popular for that use, but now it is also approved for a wide variety of other purposes. The FDA approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines in 2010. Botox can also be used for those suffering from overactive sweat glands, facial spams, even crossed eyes.
How Does it Work?
Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles when injected. The drug is clinically proven to reduce headache frequency and migraine symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity.
What is the Treatment Like?
Every three months, the doctor will inject Botox in specific spots on the patient’s face, head, back, and neck. It can take between two weeks and one month to feel the beneficial effects of treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Serious side effects from Botox are rare. Patients may experience some pain and stiffness at injection sites. Muscles in the neck and shoulders may also feel weak in the days following treatment. These symptoms should go away within a couple days of being injected.
The Path to Real Relief
Botox is a great treatment option for people whose headaches are seriously affecting quality of life and who react poorly to traditional migraine drugs. Botox treatments from Southern Dental DDS could be the migraine-prevention solution that finally helps you control the debilitating pain of chronic headaches.
Give our office a call at 504-347-1014 or visit our office at 7301 Westbank Expressway in Marrero to get more information regarding botox for migraines. Finally, find the relief from the pain of migraines with Southern Dental Care!