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  • Botox for TMD: I was diagnosed with TMD 3-4 years ago by an ENT. I have been seeing an ENT in a clinical study for the use of Botox in treating TMD pain for 2 years. I was part of the study, so the treatments were free, but to continue them will cost me roughly $1800 every 5-6 months (that's how long the Botox lasts). The Botox temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles in the jaw and head that trigger TMD symptoms, clenching, grinding, etc, which in turn cause a host of problems from migraines, to aching teeth, backs, necks, ear pain. This treatment has been the ONLY thing that has worked, and I want to know what you know about the use of Botox for TMD? It's been used for CP and eye spasms LONG before it was being used by Hollywood for beauty. I'm hoping that more ENTs look into this treatment for their patients. Suffering with TMD is so terrible because of the pain, and because of the ignorance of the disorder by doctors. It's not mental, and no amount of a liquid diet is going to cease the grinding that takes place when we sleep. And valiuum and xanax will only make us drug addicts. Any information you can provide on this disorder becoming more recognized by the otolarongologists and dentists of the world would be greatly appreciated! ...Visitor from NY    (answer)

  • I have been suffering with TMD problems for 5 years which has left me in chronic pain. I have had my bite opened up by splint therapy, closed some by equilibration. My bite is completely messed up and I only contact on a few teeth which don't even mesh together. I am desperate for someone who knows what to do with me. Can you recommend where I might start to look for someone who actually knows how to deal with this type of situation? I live in Maryland and have been to many, many dentists and am at my wits end. Please, if you could give me some guidance I would greately appreciate it. ...Visitor from MD    (answer)

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