Head, jaw and neck muscle pain are usually caused by stress. Dental occlusion plays a secondary role in the symptoms. This is often misdiagnosed and mistreated with aggressive, irreversible dental procedures, or, narcotic pain killers, or tricyclic antidepressant drugs that leave the patient unable to function normally due to the severe side-effects of the medication. Pain affects one out of four patients and can have a profound effect on their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Recent advances in the understanding of pain have led to new treatments and pain management techniques for acute and chronic dental and facial pain.
Dr Katz the inventor of many of the protocols for Botulinum toxins and anesthesia treatments that are used around the world specializes in these areas and offer a wide range of treatment options. He believes in a holistic, behavior modification and mechanical approach to treatment.
His comprehensive treatment plans combine traditional and complementary medicine approaches. He seeks to empower patients by educating them about their conditions and identifying the best natural methods to relieve pain, promote healing and restore maximum levels of function. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge of the latest pain management treatments and techniques.
He does NOT incorporate the use of prescription narcotic pain-killers and anti-depressants in any of his treatment protocols.
Dr Katz is accredited with inventing and developing FDA approved drugs and treatments in the field of anesthesia. Dr Katz teaches these skills to doctors and dentists around the world.
Botulinum toxins work like this:
Stress stimulates part of the brain that makes you clench your jaws. Compressed nerve fibers and bloodvessels in clenched jaw muscles send pain signals back to the same part of the brain encouraging the tired jaw muscles to contract even more. When you clench very hard for a long period of time the same center in the brain causes other muscles in and around bloodvessels inside the head to constrict which can ultimately lead to severe headaches and migraines.
Botox relaxes the jaw muscles and reduces the messages from these tired, painful muscles to be sent back to center in the brain that initiated clenching – so clenching usually stops before severe pain sets in. (Dr Katz believes that if your patients eliminate their stress through diet, exercise and relaxation techniques, they may not require anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressive drugs, Botox or other medication)
Dr Katz is recognized as an expert in cosmetic dentistry and facial esthetics. He educates dentists around the world in harmonizing dental esthetics with facial esthetics. This is to ensure that the shape, size and position of the teeth complement the face. Dr Katz believes that the best dentistry is the least dentistry. He always recommends the least aggressive treatment to give the best and longest lasting esthetic outcome.
Should you wish to make an appointment with Dr Katz, please call 858-550-9533.
Dr Katz also consults and treats private patients on behalf of other dental offices. He will come to your dentist’s office. If you or your dentist would like Dr Katz to treat patients in his or her own office, please call 858-550-9533.