Dentist treats migraine patients with Botox

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Botox is known for reducing wrinkles, but one dentist believes it also could be a cure for migraines.

Dr. Wesley Mullins said it helps a lot of his patients with stress headaches.

Lately, Mullins has been treating migraines with Botox in his dental office.

"We see a major improvement in patients who have trouble finding their triggers," he said.

The Tennessee Dental Association approved the use of Botox for dental patients. When patients come into his office, Mullins does a muscle exam to check for stress. Then, he uses Botox on those muscles to relax a patient and alleviate their migraines.

"For muscles, we treat muscles of the head and neck," he explained. "We also treat the forehead around the eyes and the clincher muscle."

Migraine medication can be expensive, so some people are turning to alternative methods of treatment. Botox can be pricey as well, but it lasts longer.

"You could be looking at $500 to $1,000, depending on treatment. Now, that lasts up to three months," Mullins said.

Mullins said most patients pay out of pocket, but that some patients are covered by insurance.

Mullins said each patient is different so the fee can vary. If you have migraines and would like to try Botox, make sure you choose a doctor who has experience using it to treat migraines.

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