Non-Surgical TMD Treatment Options
Physical therapy is an effective non-surgical TMD treatment option that can help improve jaw mobility, relieve pain, and reduce muscle tension. A physical therapist can work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include exercises to strengthen and stretch your jaw muscles.
Medications are also a non-surgical TMD treatment option. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help relieve pain and inflammation, while muscle relaxants can help reduce muscle tension. In some cases, your dentist in Bellevue, WA may also recommend prescription medications such as tricyclic antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs to help manage pain and muscle spasms.
Botox is a neurotoxin that can temporarily paralyze muscles, which can help reduce muscle tension. Botox works by blocking the signals sent from the nerves to the muscles, which causes the muscles to relax and become less tense. While repeat injections may be necessary, they offer several benefits as a non-invasive, quick, and customizable treatment option.