About 12% of Americans suffer from migraines. By definition, migraines are debilitating headaches that also cause intense pulsing or throbbing pain. Someone that gets a migraine for 15 days or more a month is classified as someone with chronic migraines. If you suffer from this, there may be a treatment option that you have not considered.
When people hear about botulinum toxin injections, they think of a product that helps to fight wrinkles and make a person look younger, but it is also an effective treatment for migraines. Your dentist will inject the solution in several sites around the head that works to dull the effects of migraines and can also work to prevent headaches and migraines before they occur.
The FDA approved the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of migraines for patients 18 years and older. In fact, the solution is the only FDA approved preventive treatment for migraines. The application should reoccur every 12 weeks to ensure the continuation of treatment. For many patients, it will take two treatments to determine how effective it is working for you. After the first two treatments, it can be determined if it was as effective as it could be or if the dosage needs to be adjusted.
The days of feeling a migraine coming on and hiding in a dark room are over! Botulinum toxin is not only effective in treating migraines, but it can stop them before they even begin to cause you pain. If you suffer from chronic migraines, let us know during your next appointment so we can let you know if this solution would be a good fit for you.
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...