Botox/Dermal Filler and Advanced Botox
As cosmetic procedures become more and more common, botox and dermal fillers have virtually become synonymous with esthetic treatments. The idea that these techniques are limited to physicians, dermatologists and plastic surgeons, however, is quite untrue. As a dentist, having some knowledge of how botox and dermal filler treatments work can help you painlessly engineer not only beautiful teeth, but also beautiful smiles.
Botox for Dentists
As oral health specialists, it can be said that dentists are, if anything, more suitable for administering botox treatments than most healthcare providers. For a dentist, the only functional difference between administering a local anesthesia during dental surgery and providing a botox injection is that he or she has more specialized training for anesthesia. Regardless of what your speciality is, as a dentist, you, too, can become qualified enough to provide botox and dermal filler therapy to patients by simply acquiring the proper training for the procedure.
The Botox and Dermal Filler course as well as the Advanced Botox course focus on teaching the proper procedure for administering the botulinum toxin during botox treatments. Because botox is still a type of injection, the course will emphasize the types of practices that keep the therapy as safe as possible. A basic explanation of how dermal fillers work in conjunction with botox treatments will be given, and Dr. Moore will demonstrate the complete treatment to give a holistic view of the process.
At the conclusion of the basic course, participants should be able to:
- Identify instances where a botox treatment is preferable to oral surgery
- Counsel patients on the merits of different esthetic treatments including botox
- Explain the risks and potential problems with botox treatments as well as its benefits
- Know when and how to provide a botox treatment
- Practice safe procedures when injecting the botulinum toxin A
- Understand how dermal fillers work
- Explain to patients why dermal fillers are or aren’t necessary for their circumstances
- Know how to use dermal fillers with botox to fix problems like high lip line
At the conclusion of the advanced course, participants should be able to:
- Diagnose non-oral health-related scenarios where botox is necessary
- Understand how the properties of botulinum toxin A affect the body
- Know and account for potential complications botulinum toxin A can create
- Use botox treatments to solve problems not directly related to oral health
Originally created to treat muscle spasms before its successful adaptation to the cosmetic world, botox treatments are a relatively new medical procedure. The term botox treatment actually refers to the injection of the botulinum toxin into localized areas of the body where muscle relaxation is necessary. The toxin causes the muscles to relax, smoothing wrinkles and weakening spasming muscles.
Though previously unassociated with dentistry, botox treatments have the potential to radically change a dental practice because they allow a dentist to modify a patient’s mouth muscles to better accommodate for dental issues. Together with dermal fillers, a therapy in which parts of the face are volumized to make up for lost fat, a qualified dentist is able to make a patient’s mouth a better and healthier place by fixing not only tooth problems but facial ones as well.
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We hope that you, too, can take advantage of the training provided in this course to revolutionize your dental practice. Even if you haven’t worked with cosmetic treatments in the past, knowing how to provide botox treatments means you can provide oral therapy without altering a patient’s tooth structure.