Is Botox for you? By: Christine Fischer-Stoess

Does your dentist do Botox? It seems that Botox has become a mainstream product that is being used for everything from smoothing facial wrinkles to treating excessive armpit sweating to relieving chronic migraines.1 The Dental Board of Australia’s position on Botox is that it is a safe treatment to be administered by Dentists with training in it’s correct administration for the relief of temporomandibular joint disorder.2 This is sometimes referred to as “TMJ” disorder.

So, what exactly is Botox? The brand name “Botox” refers to a specific product registered for use in the USA for medical and cosmetic procedures.3 It is actually derived from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.3 This bacteria does not require oxygen to survive and is usually contracted when a person eats contaminated food.4 Infection with this bacteria is usually fatal. Perhaps this does not sound like something that you might like to try? Don’t worry–medically available strains of this toxin, such as Botox are purified to be safe for human injection, they are not intended to be eaten.3

How does this relate to TMJ and the Dentist, you may be wondering? Well, there is evidence that when used correctly by a Dentist (or a Doctor) with the appropriate training, Botox injections can relieve symptoms of TMJ which can include soreness of the jaw joint, headaches, popping or clicking noises and ear pain.5,6 In fact, Botox injections can alleviate the pain and symptoms of TMJ for up to three months.7

Is this something that might be relevant to you? The first thing to do is to visit the Dentist to see if you truly do suffer from TMJ disorder. We may even refer you to a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. Once this has been confirmed, you can choose to have treatment with the Doctors associated with our practice. Who knows—you may even want to have some cosmetic Botox done in the same visit? For more information, please contact us at (02) 9232 6367 or email To contact Dr. Bitlan’s office directly please ring (02) 9233 3399.

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