A DENTIST OFFERING MUSCLE RELAXANTS? REALLY?
SO FIRSTLY, WHAT ARE MUSCLE RELAXANTS? AND WHY WOULD YOUR LOCAL DENTIST BE INTERESTED IN ADMINISTERING THEM?
Muscle Relaxants are actually a purified protein-derivative from a bacteria which stops the signal between a particular muscle and its nerve. Once the protein is injected into a muscle, it will block the brains signal when you tell it to move. Over a period of a few months the nerves will actually re grow little arms back into the muscle which means that muscle relaxants are not are permanent solution and all effects will eventually wear off. Muscle relaxants have many applications, especially when it comes to muslces in your face.
If you regularly grind your teeth at night (which you may not even be aware of ), you may wake up with a splitting head ache and a sore jaw or face. The pain will arise because you have been over working the large muscles which you use for clenching, grinding and eating your food. By injecting muscle relaxants into these areas you can significantly reduce the muscles ability to work out, and will hence work to decrease the pain. Patients should expect lasting relief for up to 4-5 months, at which time more muscle relaxants will need to be injected.
You might have heard of muscle relaxants - or wrinkle relaxers, used around the eyes and on the forehead to soften wrinkles. The way this works is by relaxing the muscle under the skin which in turn relaxes the skin and creates a smooth, youthful appearance.
WHY WOULD YOUR DENTIST BE A GOOD PERSON TO USE MUSCLE RELAXANTS FOR COSMETIC ISSUES?
At university, Dentists spend the majority of their course studying facial anatomy. Out of any profession, bar a medical specialist, dentists are in the best position to analyse facial muscles. Combine this with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and the fact dentists also often administer injections, means they can attempt to provide a great cosmetic result.