REMEMBER THAT TIME WHEN MOUTHGUARDS WERE SEXY?
Grinding, Teething, Clenching
“I feel sexy in my mouthguard!” said no one ever. A mouthguard isn’t necessarily the most comfortable accessory when it comes to sleepwear. No one enjoys wearing it, with the exception of Joey Tribbiani from Friends. Unfortunately, this hideous invention has been the only solution to help with teething, grinding, and clenching. That is, until now!
Bruxism is a common condition where unconscious grinding and teething occur during one’s sleep. About 95 per cent of adults experience this at one time or another. 8 per cent of adults and 13 per cent of children are chronic sufferers, according to the Canadian Sleep Society.
There is no real cure for it, but there are a few remedies to help with the headaches, jaw aches, and all the other aches caused by Bruxism.
The best remedy among them all is, believe it or not, Botox!
Botox, which is widely known as the “wrinkle-smoother”, can be used to keep the clenching under control. When Botox is injected into the jaw area, it temporarily stops the communication between the nerve and muscle, thereby relaxing the muscle. These effects can last up to 4 months. Repetitive injections are necessary to maintain the benefits of this treatment.
Dr. Jack Kolenda at Verso Surgery Centre is a seasoned expert in facial anatomy, who has the experience and extensive knowledge to properly administer the injections into this particular muscle. There are a few risks associated with this treatment, like with all cosmetic procedures, so it is very important that the physician you choose to go to knows exactly how to precisely treat the masseter muscle.
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BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade name for a purified protein that is used as a simple, non-surgical procedure in both men and woman of various ages. Most commonly we hear of BOTOX® Cosmetic as a wrinkle treatment, when it has actually been used for the effective treatment of many medical conditions for over 25 years. BOTOX® Cosmetic has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America with an estimated 3 million treatments performed annually. In addition, it has received a 97% satisfaction rating among users.
Dr. Jack Kolenda,an Otolaryngologist practicing in Facial Plastic Surgery, has this advice:
“People have to realize that standards for private medical facilities vary from country to country. Canadian standards are much higher than other parts of the world. Cosmetic surgery done abroad in most cases can go well. However, complications can occur with any surgical procedure. You have to be prepared for that possibility and have someone manage the complications. In general, the recommendation is for patients to see their own surgeons when complications do occur.”