Teeth Grinding is a problem that affects 15% of the American population and a new study shows that Botox may offer a solution.
Online PR News – 25-May-2012 – San Diego, CA – Teeth website Teeth Center (www.teethcenter.com) is reporting that a new study shows that Botox may be a potential treatment for nighttime teeth grinding. The study, conducted by researcher Dr. William Ondo, a professor of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston suggests that botox may be a viable treatment for people suffering from night-time teeth grinding, also know as nocturnal bruxism.
Nighttime teeth grinding affects as many as 15% of the American population and there is currently no, available cure. Dr. Ondo told Fox News that one of the most common treatments for night-time teeth grinding is wearing a mouth guard, but, this is only to prevent damage to the teeth and really doesn’t address the problem.
The small study showed that patients treated with Botox saw a reduction in teeth grinding over the placebo, however, Ondo says that more extensive studies need to be conducted to ensure its validity. The study, that was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, sampled 23 patients with nocturnal bruxism. Prior to being included in the study, patients were tested in an overnight sleep study to confirm they suffered with the aliment. The patients were then randomly treated with an injection of Botox or the placebo. The injections were then placed in both the temple and the jaw and then were given 4 weeks to monitor their results. The patients that received the Botox over the placebo reported greater relief of their condition.
Botox is not currently FDA approved to treat nocturnal bruxism.
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