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YOUR HEALTH: Yes, dentists are qualified to provide Botox treatments

By Dr. Cory Seebach

I often have patients tell me they’re surprised to learn that dentists can be trained and licensed to deliver Botox injections.

Many people, it seems, are still under the misconception that only plastic surgeons provide Botox.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense for many reasons that dentists are also licensed to provide this treatment. Canadian dentists have been using Botox for medical purposes for more than a decade, and those of us in B.C. have been allowed to prescribe it cosmetically since 2007.

Though some plastic surgeons were against it at the time, it was an obvious decision.

Botox, to explain it in the most basic terms, is a simple injection that blocks a muscle from contracting. When injected into facial or neck muscles, the result is a smoother, more relaxed skin appearance and a reversal of visible signs of aging.

Botox injection requires a profound knowledge of the head and neck anatomy, and dentists are obviously highly trained in this regard; they are intimately familiar with the muscles, blood vessels and nerves in the head, neck and face.

When you also consider that dentists spend a great deal of the day honing their pain-free injection delivery, they seem like a naturally wise choice when considering an appropriate health care provider to administer Botox.

Special training and certification are required in order for your dentist to become a Botox provider, so be sure to ask if yours is certified.

Dentistry and smile enhancement have long been at the forefront of esthetic health care; Botox is just one more esthetic service that your dentist can offer you.

 

Dr. Cory Seebach, DMD, is owner of Beyond Beautiful Smiles in Campbell River. To learn more, call 250-923-4746 or visit www.beyondbeautifulsmiles.ca.

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