At first glance, Botox injections and dentistry are about as alike as broccoli and french fries, but they actually go together quite well. Both call for specialized equipment that requires continuous sterilization and both need injections quite often. Both call for a thorough understanding of the muscles and nerves in the face. When done right, both offer results that delight the patient. As time goes on, more and more dentists across the country are being trained to administer Botox safely and effectively, we will find that Botox and dentistry will go together like cheese and fine wine.
While it still may not seem entirely logical for dentists to offer Botox, when examined closely it begins to make sense. Who is better qualified to offer a medical procedures like Botox than medical professionals? And with the possible exception of plastic surgeons, what type of medical professional is more focused on the face and one’s appearance than a dentist? The medical training one undergoes to become a dentist includes most of what is needed to become qualified to administer Botox.
Because dentists see many of their patients at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups, they already have a client base with whom they have built relationships based on trust. Some dentists may have hundreds, even thousands, of people who already know them well enough to speak highly of them to friends. What’s more, a large part of dentistry is focused on helping patients look their best, not just stay healthy.
For all of these reasons and more, many dentists are coming to the realization that being trained to administer Botox to patients who are already in their office on a regular basis is a good idea. Botox training is not difficult for someone who already gives many injections as a regular part of their practice, and the actual procedure takes only minutes.
At this rate, it won’t be long before it will be commonplace for people to get Botox injections when they go in for dental exams and cleanings, and for Botox administration to be part of every dentist’s initial training.