Want relief from #TMJ pain, #Migraine or Tension #Headaches?

Botox is Now Available in our dental office for TMJ Pain, Headaches.

You may not have heard about Botox therapy for head, neck, and/or facial pain. The same effect of Botox that reduces the appearance of wrinkles (relaxing muscles) is used to reduce the intensity of muscle contractions. Intense and/or prolonged muscle contractions of our muscles used for chewing can cause pain and damage to our teeth. Pain can be in the contracted muscle or can be referred to a distant site. Severe clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause the teeth to chip, break, or even need root canal treatments.

How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

Botox is injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw to treat TMJ, an inflammation of the TMJ joint in the jaw.

Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX® injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

Botox For Migraine and Tension Headaches and Neck Pain?

Recently, Botox has become a tool to help relieve migraine headaches and associated neck muscle pain. It has proven to be very effective in pain relief from muscle sources. It is important to distinguish the source of pain since Botox works on muscles. This mechanism is why Botox reduces wrinkles! Botox can be used in differentiation of pain source. If it does not give some relief, the source of pain is probably not the muscles. Many patients seeking Botox treatment for wrinkle reduction report elimination or reduction of migraine headaches as an added bonus

In Georgia, only Dentists certified by the Board of Dentsitry can inject Botox for the purposes of TMJ pain, Migraine and Tension Headaches. Dr. Ushma Patel is board certified to inject Botox for this purpose.

Sugar: The Scariest Halloween Trend

Halloween is approaching, and so are all those scary costumes and haunted houses. It shouldn’t be the ghouls and ghosts that you fear, however, but the candied apples, trick-or-treat sweets and all the soda that washes them down! Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay, and that can put a damper on anyone’s festive spirit.
 
While it would be nice if your neighbors all gave out fresh fruit or sugar-free candy (though we’re sure the kids disagree!), high-sugar sweets are still America’s favorite Halloween treat. If possible, try to limit children’s sugar intake. Encourage them to drink plenty of water while snacking – soda will only make things worse! And finally, while it’s easy to slip into a “sugar coma” and just pass out while watching a favorite horror flick, this is not the time to stray from your brushing or flossing routine. Let your children know that if they eat sweets without their toothbrushes on hand, they should rinse their mouths out with warm water.
 
If you think your child may have developed a cavity (whether the result of Halloween indulgences or not), please call us at 770-623-8750 for a check up. Even temporary baby teeth need to be properly cared for, as tooth decay can affect permanent adult teeth that are still developing below.
 
We’d like to wish you and your family the best this fall season. We hope that when the sweets of autumn runneth over, you’ll think of us (and your smiles).In my neighborhood I also like to give out a snack and toothbrush and toothpaste so that they have no excuse to brush before they go to bed that night. This year many neighborhoods are celebrating on Sunday Oct 30 since Monday is a school holiday for Forsyth County.

Costly complications of untreated or undertreated periodontitis (Gum Disease)

If Gum Disease is left untreated it leads to costly complications:

  • Further spread of infection
  • More tissue damage
  • Surgery
  • Loss of teeth
 Periodontitis potentially affects overall health:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term, low birth-weight babies

Source: http://www.myarestin.com/

To schedule an appointment in the Atlanta area of Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, for a dental check-up call Dr, Ushma Patel’s dental office Center for Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750, visit http://www.johnscreeksedationdentist.com/ for more information.

Are you afraid of the Dentist? Have you heard of Sedation Dentistry?

I see it all the time. Apprehension. Dread. Nervousness. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), nearly 1 in 3 people avoid dental visits due to fear. Without regular visits, oral health continues to deteriorate over a person’s lifetime. This can lead to health problems ranging from tooth sensitivity to gum disease as well as more chronic issues such as heart disease and diabetes, and social uneasiness about odorous breath or feeling embarrassed to smile. The good news is the dental industry has made tremendous advances in order to help reluctant patients receive the care they need. We do this through the comfort of sedation dentistry.

And the good news about sedation dentistry is that it allows those who have been neglecting their oral care to make major advances in the health of their mouth and smile in just one visit. With sedation dentistry, I can perform complex dental treatments in one appointment where it would have taken multiple visits to achieve the same results in the past.

So how do you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you? If you feel anxious about coming to the dentist, have sensitive teeth, suffer complex dental problems, or have an easily triggered gag reflex, talk to us about sedation. Or if you know anyone like this, help them by referring them to us. Call 770-623-8750 or visit www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com.

NBC Today Show:Want to live longer Drink wine, have sex and floss everyday

>>> this morning on “today’s” health, cutting your risk for heart disease. about 80% are preventable, but despite that it’s still the number one killer of both men and women in the u.s. so what should we be doing to keep our heart’s healthy? dr. kerry peterson is an internist and contribute to “women’s health” magazine. a lot of us have heart disease in our families. is genetics the whole ball game? is that true or can we really change our behaviors and make a difference?

>> genetics play a role but of course there are things you can do. if you’re a child of a parent who has heart disease you’re more at risk, especially if your dad had heart disease before age 55 or mom, before age 65.

>> the first thing we recommend is people people have heard before, exercise. the single most important lifestyle change you can make.

>> that’s correct. for both men and women, regular exercise, first off, work out the heart muscles so it works more efficiently and it reduces the likelihood of developing all the specters for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.

>> how much do you have to do?

floss everyday to prevent gum disease

Center for Advanced Dentistry - Dental Office Team

Urvashi, Joy, Susan, Michelle, Tawny and Dr. Ushma Patel with their beautiful smiles. Team photo taken at the office in the front lobby against the window treatments.