Can Dental Hygienists Do Botox?

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Have you been looking into receiving Botox? Did you know that the local dental practice near you may now be able to administer Botox treatments? 

Botox (botulinum toxin) has been approved by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario because of its effectiveness in treating habits like clenching, headaches, and patients with TMJ disorder. 

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin is more commonly known for removing wrinkles by ultimately temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles. It’s a very common, more cost-effective non-surgical procedure compared to plastic surgery. But it’s not just meant for helping patients wanting to get rid of wrinkles. Other treatment options can include:

  • Reducing headaches/migraines
  • Improving excessive sweating
  • Controlling neck and shoulder muscle spasms
  • Controlling TMJ disorder
  • Can help treat bladder disorders
  • And more

The Botox Procedure

The procedure is actually quite simple and you may not even require local anesthesia beforehand. It will all depend on where the injections are going. Botox injections are done with very thin needles (the number of injections will also vary per patient). 

It may take a few days for the effects to actually kick in or become noticeable, but they will last for months before needing to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Botox Dentistry Options

Receiving Botox from dentists may seem weird, but it’s a very common procedure now that it’s been considered both a cosmetic and therapeutic option. If you’re wanting it for cosmetic purposes, Botox can be used to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing your facial muscles. 

Your dentist may also recommend Botox for therapeutic reasons, especially if you suffer from TMJ disorder, a painful syndrome that causes head, neck, ear, and facial pain and can even cause discomfort when eating. TMJ can be caused by age, trauma/injury, and bad oral habits like clenching or grinding your teeth at night. 

Medical Qualifications

In order to be able to administer Botox or dermal fillers, dentists and dental hygienists must complete appropriate training. They must clearly show their qualifications once they finish any certification courses. 

How will I know if my dental office offers Botox?

As mentioned above, if your dental office provides patients with Botox treatments, they must clearly show their qualifications. This can be done by hanging plaques on the walls, but most dental offices will also have a service list online. 

Whether you’re a new or recurring patient, you should be able to go onto their website and read about the services they offer, including if Botox will be administered for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons or both. 

Common Botox Side Effects

Just received your first Botox treatment? There aren’t many common side effects to worry about other than some slight bruising at the injection sites. More severe side effects should be dealt with by a professional right away. In order to reduce bruising, it’s recommended you don’t drink alcohol or take anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks prior to the procedure. 

Will Botox be covered by my insurance benefits?

If you’re seeking cosmetic treatment, it likely will not be covered by your benefits. If it’s medically suggested, it may be covered, but each insurance company will vary. 

You can always request for the dental assistant to send a coverage request to your insurance company to see if, and how much, they’ll cover.

Takeaway

Did you know that 25% of the Canadian population aged 65 and up do not have any of their natural teeth? 

That means you’re not alone. Your dentist may suggest dental implants as a way to promote a healthy jawbone, improve your chewing and digestion issues, improve your speech, and allow for a natural-looking, beautiful smile you can show off to all your friends and family. 

Does your dental insurance cover implants? Most likely, but it’s best to check their website first or ask the employees at your dental office for a coverage request to determine out-of-pocket costs. 

Dental implants are indeed a costly procedure, but it’s worth it to improve your overall health and wellbeing. 

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