Botox injections have now been found to have not just applications in clinical medicine but also aesthetic medicine. As a dentist, you are constantly asked how to improve your patients smile. This often requires a combination of Botox® injections and dermal filler injections as a part of a dental practices services which will enhance the overall profitability of the practice, but meet your patients needs. As a dentist your time is limited, and you want to make sure your investment is with the best Botox® training program.
Is it Legal for Dentists to Inject Botox®?
In many states, it is now legal for dentists to offer Botox® and fillers to their patients, for both therapeutic purposes (TMJ treatment) and cosmetic enhancements. Consistent with this trend, we at the IAPAM are seeing more and more dentists who have an interest being expertly trained on how to safely and artfully add Botox® and dermal fillers to their dental practices.
The issues with dentists injecting Botox® are the same with any healthcare professional injecting it – it is all about whether they are trained to do so. Granted Botox® injections are hardly similar to complex as a root canal, but it is still necessary to fully understand the intricate details of the facial anatomy to produce the desired results. Side effects from botulinum toxin injections can occur and dentists needs to be aware of them and capable of handling them.
In other words, even if you can legally inject Botox® , its critical that dentists take additional hands-on training to fully understand patient selections, complications, and proper injection technique for cosmetic injections.
Dentists and Cosmetic Injections
Cosmetic injectable treatments complement procedures dentists perform daily. A patient might want to highlight new teeth veneers with fuller lips, a less noticeable nasal labial fold, which would require a dermal filler injection. Or the patients may want to have those smoker line removed from around their mouth, which is a Botox injection. Dentists and orthodontists are experts at facial analysis and products like Botox® and fillers offer dentists an effective tool in their efforts to achieve dramatic smile re-designs. Also, the economics of dentists adding Botox® to their practice is very sound.
Dentists have a good knowledge of facial anatomy and this knowledge can make it easy for them to grasp the skills of aesthetic medicine especially Botox injections. That has been a fair amount of discussion over the years regarding whether or not dentists can administer Botox injections. Most dentists believe that by providing their patients with the service, it would improve the loyalty of the patients, enhance the clinical practice and also increase the monthly income.
The primary purpose the dentists might want to start using Botox® injections would be to treat jaw pain and facial pain. However, it could be possible for them to extend these services to the world of cosmetic medicine. In order to do so, they must be aware of what the current guidelines are and the indications for Botox® injections.
Botox® injections are now primarily used in management of cosmetic problems. The treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face can now be easily done by injecting Botox® strategically in these areas. Sessions can take only a few minutes and that results can be seen fairly soon (sometimes immediately). Patients go in to a cosmetic practice looking older and come out looking significantly younger. This is made Botox popular as an anti ageing treatment.
It is this very popularity that is now prompted dentists to take up this practice as well. In order to do so, Botox® courses for dentists are essential and these must cover not just the injection aspect of things but also the ethics, the type of botox injections available, the future management of the patient and method of dealing with complications. The primary purpose of such a detailed course would be to ensure that patients have complete faith in their doctors should anything go wrong. It is therefore of utmost importance that these courses are run by trained individuals who have years of experience in injecting Botox® for cosmetic purposes. By undergoing a course that will arm them with the right skills, dentists can significantly improve their clinical practice and monthly income in a short period.
Botox® injection training for dentists is offered by both private companies and medical associations. The courses offered by established aesthetic associations are highly regarded by both patients and practitioners, and are often sought after by dentists these days are looking to add cosmetic injectables to their dental practice.
It appears that there is a growing trend of approving dentists to now inject Botox® for cosmetic purposes. In many states and countries dentists have typically been approved to inject both fillers and Botox® around the mouth. Some dentists want to also inject Botox® in other areas of the face, like the forehead. Here you want to check with the states Dental Board to ensure it is within your scope of practice to inject above the nose. But we are certainly seeing an increase in dentists taking the IAPAM’s Botox Training, so it certainly appears that those Dental Boards are approving expanded use of Botox® and dermal fillers by dentists.
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