Dentists offer Botox and Cosmetic Injections

By: Western Dental

There are practical and economic reasons for dentists to offer this service. Botox injections usually last for about six months. Since most patients visit the dentist every six months for their dental cleanings, it is convenient for them to get their Botox injections of the same schedule. Adding Botox and Juvederm injections to the list of services offered at a dentist's office also improves the doctor's ability to earn money. Botox, after all, has a profit potential between 50 and 100 percent. Offering injections could, therefore, protect practices from losing money during tough economic times.

Of course, some argue that dentists simply have no business providing aesthetic injections. Botox, however, also has medical benefits that dental patients could need. It is, for instance, an effective treatment for trismus, sialorrhea, and temporomadibular disorders. There are some potential side effects from Botox and Juvederm use, though, so dentists might need additional insurance coverage before they can use the drugs for medical or aesthetic treatments.

Another issue is whether the dentist has the proper training. Dentists offering cosmetic injections are a new thing, so ensuring the dental professional has had the proper training is important. There is ongoing debate between dentists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons regarding this practice. The reasoning is that dentists are well trained and familiar with the anatomy of the face. However some medical doctors say administering botox injections is outside the scope of their field. It would be best to find a dentist who also has experience in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and advanced dentistry.

Many dental professionals are prepared to offer this service. They take up the additional training necessary and many of them are already treating a higher end clientele with cosmetic dentistry, implants and whitening. For these reasons, the additional insurance is not an issue.

Consumers should exercise caution when choosing a qualified dentist to administer facial fillers. Ask about a qualified professional's training, referrals, years in practice and other important facts. Also familiarize yourself with the possible side effects. Although side effects are rare, it is a possibility. Dentists and dental clinics offering these services is becoming more common, so the debate may subside over time.

The debate concerning whether dentists should provide Juvederm and Botox injections continues with doctors, medical organizations, and insurance companies falling on both sides of the issue. Currently, many practices decide whether to offer the service according to their specific state's Dental Practice Act.