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.