Would You Get Botox from Your Dentist? Survey Says Over 34% of Patients Would
Cosmetic and plastic surgery centers are finding that Botox injections are the most popular minimally invasive procedure offered, and are extending membership programs and discounts for their regular customers. To make it even easier for patients to get these injections, dentists and other medical professionals are learning to administer Botox at their practices.
Locateadoc.com recently conducted a survey resulting in more than 34% of those surveyed would be comfortable getting Botox from their dentist. Just fewer than 66% voted ‘no’.
Currently, more cosmetic dentistry doctors have been expanding their menu, hoping to attract more patients and boost their business. Dentists pursuing the usage of Botox have certain people, including the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), questioning whether dentists should be allowed to administer Botox injections purely for cosmetic purposes.
Botox injections are being performed at many dental offices around the country, just not for wrinkles. So far, it has been approved for therapeutic purposes only. In December 2008, an issue of AGD Impact, the official newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry, stated that dental boards nationwide have a approved the therapeutic use of Botox to treat dental problems within the dental office setting and conditions like temporomandibular disorder (TMD). However, the AGD Governmental Regulations Department conducted a survey finding that state dental boards are disputing whether to regulate Botox usage for treatments and cosmetic purposes.