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The Surprising Way Your Dentist and Botox Can Help Migraines

July 1st, 2017

If you suffer from migraines, you might be surprised that you can get relief from an unexpected person: your dentist.

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And you might be even more surprised to hear how they can help: by using Botox.

Most of us think of Botox as a cosmetic injection favored by Hollywood types to smooth out their age lines, but in truth Botox has an array of uses, among them an innovative treatment for migraines.

How does this work?

Botox can be used therapeutically to help relax muscles that contribute to or cause your headaches, especially jaw clenching. Key areas around the head and neck are targeted, focused on shallow muscles (none of the injections are deep).

Interestingly, the exact mechanism by which Botox helps prevent chronic headaches and migraines is not clear. Studies show it works, however, and the FDA approved this treatment in 2010.

How do you know if you’re a candidate?

The fact is that anyone who gets headaches often enough to impact their daily life may be a candidate for this treatment. Be sure to see your primary care doctor first to rule out any medical issues.

Allergies, hormonal imbalances, sleep apnea, and other factors could all play a role in your headaches. If you have headaches 15 days a month or more and are over the age of 18, this treatment may be for you.

Rather than rely on prescription medication to control your headaches, treatment roughly every 12 weeks can help prevent the headaches from happening in the first place. Patients we have treated have reported a decline from near daily migraines to just 1 or 2 minor headaches over the course of several months.

What is the treatment like?

It’s easy and painless. We’ll conduct a neck examination to find areas of muscle soreness. An examination of your teeth will also be done to check for areas of excessive wear, which is a sign of teeth grinding (which you may not even be aware you’re doing and which can contribute to headaches). After being examined, the areas for possible injection will be determined.

Can this treatment be used for anything else?

In fact, yes! Chronic eye twitch, overactive bladder, and other conditions are now considered candidates for treatment with Botox. In many ways, the therapeutic uses of Botox are only now being discovered. Botox has been in wide use since 1989 and has a remarkable track record of safety.

How do I get started?

Just contact our office to set up a consultation. We’ll take it from there and get you on your way towards relief from chronic headaches.

5 Reasons Why People Love Our Office

February 4th, 2017

In many ways, we are blessed. Our patients in and around Beachwood are as loyal as they come. We couldn’t be more thankful for that. For Dr. Hickle and the rest of us here at the office, these people are more than patients. They are familiar faces who brighten our day.

One thing we’ve learned over the years is that they keep coming back because they love our office. That’s gratifying, because we’ve worked hard to create an environment people will feel comfortable in.

But the question is, why do people love our office so much? What keeps them coming back? What sets us apart from others?

We think it comes down to these five core ideas:

We’re on the Cutting Edge

Falling behind on the latest advancements in dental technology does a disservice to our patients. That’s why we pride ourselves on being a high-tech, progressive office with many of the most cutting edge technologies.

Our patients love the "Cerec" technology, which allows us to complete their needed work in just one day rather than multiple visits!

We Offer More Than Just Dental Work

We stay up to date on modern techniques to treat conditions like sleep apnea, migraines, and jaw pain, too, and we’ve also had great success with TENs therapy and Botox. Offering these diverse treatments had been a boon for our patients!

We See the Bigger Picture

Some dentists see no further than your teeth. Not Dr. Hickle and her staff. Our aim is to treat the whole person, not just the teeth. We get to know our patients. Their hopes, their fears, and what THEIR primary concerns are. This philosophy guides everything we do – and that’s priceless.

We Know Insurance Inside and Out

No one likes trying to navigate the often baffling maze of insurance options. Thankfully, we are here to help. Our staff is well trained in dealing with the myriad of dental insurance companies.

We look out for the best interest of our patients and help them understand what their plan covers (and in many cases, what it does not cover). Assistance like that gives them valuable peace of mind!

We Keep You Informed

It’s not enough for us to know your condition and the steps we’ll take to correct it. You have to understand, too. That’s why we take pride in educating our patients about their dental health conditions.

If our patient doesn't fully understand their situation, we cannot help them help themselves back to a healthy state, so for us, education is paramount!

Time and again, we’ve found that even patients who are otherwise hesitant to visit a dentist end up becoming regular patients in our office. We’re proud of that. We take pride in creating an atmosphere of healing, knowledge, and comfort.

And that’s why our patients keep coming back. Interested? Give us a call or shoot us an email.

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