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Botulinum toxin type A is a substance that causes reduced activity of muscles or glands. When injected into the salivary glands it can reduce saliva production. Botulinum toxin type A can be injected into the submandibular gland (below the floor of the mouth) and the parotid gland (behind the jaw).
The substance is also known as Botox®, a brand name.
Using ultrasound for guidance, the physician will insert a small needle directly into the gland and inject a small amount of botulinum toxin type A. Sometimes a small bandage will be applied to the injection site.
No, either IV sedation or general anesthesia will be used.
Learn more about how we perform sedation and general anesthesia
Your child may experience bruising at the injection site. This is normal.
Approximately 30 minutes.
This is considered a low-risk procedure. Potential complications include:
You should see maximum effect at two to three weeks. The results will last three to six months.
You may remove the bandage 24 hours after the procedure. Once the bandage is removed, your child may shower or take a bath.
There are no activity restrictions after the procedure.