However, we offer drug-free TMJ treatment. Our highly effective approach helps people who want to get relief from pain and other symptoms without taking medications or drugs. We also work to address the root cause of your problem. We start by finding the optimal relaxed position for your jaw, and give you an oral splint to hold your jaw in that position to reduce muscle tension and pain.
While there are some people who will welcome this news, many others won’t see much benefit here. After all, we already have many drug-based solutions to TMJ pain. There are medications, ranging from over-the-counter medications to opioids, and there are chemical treatments like botulinum tox in injections. These treatments are all effective to some degree, but they don’t address the root cause of the problem, and they call come with various side effects associated with introducing chemicals into your body.
To test the muscle relaxant properties of CBD oil, researchers selected 60 patients who met the RDC/TMD (Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders). These patients were divided into two groups with comparable average age (23.2 years vs. 22.6 years). Group 1 received CBD oil formula for topical use. Group 2 received a placebo.
CBD Oil Effective on Tense Muscles
If you wish, we can even build your teeth up so they will do the job of holding your jaw in a relaxed position.
The problem in TMJ is often that the teeth, joints, and muscles aren’t in harmony. When the teeth come together, the jaw muscles are stressed, not relaxed. This makes the jaw muscles strain, trying to find a more relaxed position. The short-term result is sore muscles, but over time, the teeth and jaw joints can be damaged. Thus, relaxing the muscles not only controls short-term symptoms, but prevents long-term damage that is difficult to repair.
Reduced muscle tension also led to reduced pain. In the treatment group, patients reported a 70% decrease in pain, compared to less than 10% for the placebo group.
Researchers measured muscle tension before treatment and after 14 days of treatment, using electromyography. People also rated their pain intensity using a 10-point scale. The results showed that people responded better to the CBD application than the placebo. In Group 1, muscle tension reduced 11% on the left and 13% on the right, compared to 0.23% and 3.3%, respectively, for the placebo group.
CBD oil has become more widely accepted and used in the medical community as a treatment for anxiety, including dental anxiety that may prevent you from maintaining your oral health.
We work with anxious patients on an individual basis to evaluate needs and ensure that they feel comfortable, safe and relaxed during their dental care in our office. CBD oil can help you to feel calmer and reduce inflammatory side effects of dental treatments for an improved patient experience.
Levesque Dentistry is committed to providing our patients with leading dental care, including the latest treatment modalities for addressing dental health-related concerns. Dr. Vogel and Dr. Levesque offer CBD oil as an alternative treatment option for a range of concerns related to inflammation, anxiety and sleep disorders.
CBD Oil for Jaw Pain
We offer hemp-derived Plus CBD Oil™, an agriculturally based product that provides safe and legal treatment. Plus CBD Oil™ is non-psychotoxic, producing no euphoric side effects associated with cannabis.
Bite problems and temporomandibular disorders, or TMD can cause muscle tension and pain in the jaw joints. Over time, patients can experience difficulty eating and speaking or a “locked jaw” that suddenly becomes difficult to open and close. CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation around the jaw joints, allowing the muscles to relax and release tension.
CBD oil has a range of uses, including the treatment of TMJ disorders and associated jaw inflammation and pain.
CBD oil is another tool for helping patients receive the dental care they need, improve outcomes and providing more comprehensive care for complex problems. Drs. Vogel and Levesque will work with you on an individual basis to identify and address your unique needs that can be managed with an appropriate dose of CBD oil.