Did you know that dentists in Edmonton, Alberta are now eligible for a certification in administering Botox? This might strike you as being strange, however, when you understand the full scope of what Botox has to offer, Botox in dental offices actually makes a LOT of sense.
First of all, there’s more to Botox than most people know. When people think Botox, they think of it as a way to fill fine lines and wrinkles – a way of looking younger. While this is true, and while the cosmetic application of Botox is what it’s best known for, it has medical applications that can actually improve people’s health and well-being too.
Secondly, when it comes to giving injections, particularly in the head and neck region, who better to do it than dentists? Dentists should be the most practiced doctors out there, plus, they have an intimate knowledge of important head and neck anatomy, so they know precisely how to target specific muscles.
More and more people in the dental industry, including general dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists, are administering Botox to their patients to help relieve muscle tension in the head and neck region. Botox is a neuromodulator, and acts by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles are unable to contract, and therefore relax and soften. This has been an effective treatment for people who severely clench/grind their teeth or have TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). It can even be used to treat people who suffer from migraines.
So whether you’re suffering from a sore jaw or crow’s feet around your eyes, Botox can help with both. We are slowly introducing this service into our downtown Edmonton practice, so if you have any questions or interest in Botox, we’d be more than happy to chat with you!