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 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.
CBD Oil for Jaw Pain
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.
CBD oil has a range of uses, including the treatment of TMJ disorders and associated jaw inflammation and pain.
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.
Finding good ways to treat TMJ-related muscle pain is important because most instances of TMJ-related pain in the jaw, face, neck, and elsewhere are related to sore muscles.
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.
Muscles Cause Most TMJ Pain
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.
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.
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 selected 60 subjects from a group of 87 patients attending the Department of Temporomandibular Disorders, Medical University of Silesia in Zabrze, Poland. These patients, between the ages of 18 and 60 and judged to be in good general health despite their TMD, were then further divided into two groups for a double-blind clinical trial.
Subjects were also asked to self-report the intensity of their facial pain before the trial began, and again when it concluded. Patients in the CBD group reported an astounding 70.2 percent decrease in pain intensity, compared to 9.81 percent in the control group.
“Myofascial pain within masseter muscles [the muscles around the jaw] is a common disorder,” the study authors wrote. “Innovative methods to reduce muscle tonus and allow masticatory muscles to recover from myofascial pain are in demand. CBD as a safe alternative to THC should be carefully studied in all possible applications in medicine.”
Subjects in the experimental group received an ointment containing a 20 percent concentration of CBD oil, while the control group received a similar ointment without CBD. Each group was asked to apply the lotion on the skin surface of their masseter muscles, at the sides of the face. Every subject was asked to apply the lotion twice daily for two weeks.
A team of researchers from three Polish universities set out to determine whether the well-known analgesic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) could also help patients suffering from myofascial pain (MFP) and temporomandibular disorders (TMD, better known as TMJ). These kinds of pain, which are believed to be caused by bruxism (involuntary grinding of the teeth), can manifest as face or neck pain, headaches, or pain in the ear.
CBD lotions may be able to help treat millions of people who suffer from facial and jaw pain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.
The researchers used surface electromyography (sEMG) to determine the amount of masseter muscle activity both before and after the trial. For the subjects who used the CBD lotion, masseter muscle activity declined by around 12 percent, compared to less than 3 percent in the control group.