Should Your Dentist Offer Botox?

interactive botox training materialsWhile some people might consider and dentist and Botox similar to oil and water, you might actually be quite surprised how much common sense is in that thought.

Dentists are fully medically trained professionals that have a very extensive knowledge in the nervous system of your head and neck.  The entire scope of dentistry has exploded over the past 20+ years with so much cosmetic dental work that it actually make perfect sense that they should be trained to administer Botox injections.

There are people who have taken courses in administering Botox but have absolutely no medical background.  Your dentist has a full medical background and scientific understanding of your facial muscles and nerves.

Recent surveys have shown that 2 out of 3 dentists are in favor of being allowed to administer Botox and dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are minimal invasive procedures that can plump up thin lips, shallow contours and soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and even improve the look of a sunken scar.

There are a few dentists that believe they should only be allowed to use Botox for certain dental purposes:

YMJ Disorders:

This disorder creates enormous pain and the dysfunctioning of the jaw joint along with the muscles that control the jaw’s movement.

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um):

Is the condition of grinding, clenching or gnashing of teeth.  Patients are usually unconscious they are doing it and, happens often when they are sleeping.

Although there are fewer than 10% of dentists trained in the use of Botox, that number is changing rather quickly.  As more therapeutic uses for Botox are being unearthed, more dentists will be offering Botox injections.

With the exception of plastic surgeons, dentists know more about the nervous system in your face than most other doctors.  This could make dentists the perfect medical profession for using Botox. On top of that, Botox could be used along with orthodontic treatments such as retraining muscles in order to keep your teeth straight.

More dentists are starting to realize they can reach more people by having the ability offer Botox.  Dentistry offering cosmetic alternatives has grown enormously, with more options becoming available, the use of Botox seems to be a perfect match for dentists to take advantage of.

There are people trained in Botox injections that probably should not be allowed to administer it to anyone.  People have suffered facial disformity and a great deal of pain.  Dentists already have the education needed to administer injections correctly and safely.

Most people would agree they would have a great deal more trust in their dentist injecting them with Botox then some of the people out there performing these injections with no medical background whatsoever.

At some point in time, dentists using Botox will be as natural as getting your teeth cleaned.  The many uses of Botox has erupted on the scene from treating migraines to taking years off a face.  In this new explosion, there will be dentists becoming a major player in this field.

Dentists looking to add Botox to their practice, read more here.

 

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