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my $600 botox shots

July 18th, 2022 at 07:44 pm

I went to the dentist on Thursday my 3x/year cleaning.  I have very weak teeth and I'm a grinder.  Anyway I've worn nightguards since high school and I've broken multiple ones.  The currently I have an NTI and a regular traditional nightguard.  I can tell the difference wearing the NTI style nightguard.  Anyway my jaw joint if you can imagine is worn to nothing because of my clenching and grinding. I also probably this year started having some pain in my jaw area.

So much so that you recall I thought my TMJ was killing me but it was an abcess tooth?  That ended up with a root canal and a crown.  So when I was there for that and my other cleaning my dentist and I discuss potentially using botox in my jaw to relax my super tense muscles.

She doesn't do it herself but my other neighbor also a dentist does.  So she fit me in and gave me a deal of $10/unit and gave me 30 units of botox on each side of my jaw muscle.  I tried calling to the university nearby for their pain management unit so perhaps it would be covered by insurance.  But I couldn't get an appointment.  So I decided what the heck? 

I'll try it and if it works I'll really try to get in with the pain management company.  Also I submitted it to my insurance and I figure worse case scenario is it's rejected, well I already paid 100% out of pocket it was worth a few minutes of time.

I hope that I don't get hooked on this feeling and yes I can feel my jaw more relaxed actually.  Because my neighbor dentist who did it told me she has a lot of clients who come in regularly every 3 months for their shot. It happens very regularly because you get used to the relaxed muscles.  

I know this sounds ridiculous to get botox and spend so much.  But it's a trial.  Let's see how it feels in 3 months. 

7 Responses to “my $600 botox shots”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    I would do a lot to be free of chronic pain. It is an awful amount of money, but maybe you could make it work twice a year, or otherwise limit the frequency. It should be covered by insurance since it's for pain management. Insurance sucks.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I know I am getting a deal because usually botox per unit is more. Trust me I feel terrible especially since I'm not getting it for wrinkles which trust me I thought I'd be doing it for that first. But it actually does feel pretty good the muscle and I can feel the difference. I get why people are going every 3 months if it wears off and you want it to be perpetually relaxed. I am a bit nervous but this is why I am going to a dentist for botox in the jaw specifically than a dermotologist who does it everywhere else which I wouldn't mind...

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I know someone who, on that same schedule, gets botox for unrelenting muscle spasms. It is a hereditary condition in her case. She sees a neurologist for her botox. She says some treatments are more "on the spot" than others, and sometimes the botox is too effective, leaving her with a floppy muscle that has to be supported from outside the body. Anyway the treatments have not been consistent, but good. Even when she has to brace, I don't think she gives any thought at all to stopping the treatments....I hope you will get good relief.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    It's money well spent if the pain subsides!

  5. mumof2 Says:

    my daughter gets this done every once in awhile and gives her a lot of relief...I say if it works then do it...but do more research and see what is available in your area, etc

  6. Carol B. Says:

    If relaxing your jaw muscles helps your teeth, that is also worth alot!

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    It has made it feel better surprisingly!

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