Dentists Providing Cosmetic Injections

October 16, 2010

Today there are more than 70 million patients in the United States who want to take advantage of Botox’s medical and aesthetic properties. Some dentists have even started to offer injections of Botox and Juvederm in their offices. This complements the array of services that dentists can offer their patients.

Some individuals and organizations argue that dentists should not give Botox injections. Those who approve of Botox and Juvederm injections, however, point out that dentists already have experience giving injections to patients. Why not allow trained professionals to expand their services into new areas?

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.

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.