More and more southern Albertans are looking to Able Dental Group in Lethbridge for cosmetic dentistry and botulinum toxin treatments. The benefits of treatments go beyond just wrinkles. If you are considering botox® here are 10 things you should know:

1. The term “Botox®” is a brand name and refers to a specific product distributed by a pharmaceutical company called Allergan. Dysport® is an alternative which is also Health Canada approved. The products are similar and can typically be used interchangeably if reconstituted properly.

2. Only a trained dentist, or nurse who is under the supervision of a physician/dentist can legally inject Botulinum toxin because it is a prescription medication. No one else should should ever inject a patient with Botulinum toxin.

3. For the best results, the medication should always be reconstituted 1:1 using preserved saline. Diluting or reconstituting in a different ratio makes the product less effective and may increase the incidence of side effects.

4. Negative side effects are injector related 99% of the time. When properly administered using the correct technique treatments among the safest of any cosmetic procedure.

5. Eyebrow droops are an unwanted result caused by the wrong muscle being injected with the medication. There are many tiny muscles in the face, all which are in close proximity. It is easy to inject the wrong muscle when you do not have a deep understanding of facial anatomy.

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6. With all cosmetic dentistry treatments patient records play an important role. Records, including photographs are used to compare before-and-after results of 

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treatment, analyze results, develop a patient’s overall treatment plan and to document the precise location of each injection site. Documenting treatments is a topic for another article as the reasons and benefits of proper documentation are too many to list here.

7. In Alberta there are specific guidelines as to what training is required by physicians and dentists to administer Botox®. Many medical professionals are not required to take training prior to providing Botox treatment or other cosmetic injectables. Additionally, most practitioners do not graduate with any formal training in the field of botulinum toxin. (see example of the Alberta Dental Association & College’s).

8. There is not a standard pricing structure for a Botox treatment, but it is most common to charged by the unit. The number of units provided depends on the number of areas being treated, you will need to consult a doctor in order to know how many units your treatment may require.

9. Botulinum toxin is not only used for treating wrinkles, but has proven results in treating chronic pain including migraines, headaches and TMD. This therapeutic benefit is due to the fact that botulinum toxin also prevents the release of noxious neuropeptides involved in the chronic inflammatory pain response and CNS desensitization to pain.

10. Botox treatment results last anywhere from 2-4 months when used cosmetically, and 4-9 months when used therapeutically. Because botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle, your body gradually reverses the process and the product is broken down and eliminated over time. Your muscle then returns to it’s pre-treated state.

We strongly recommend that the points made in this article be used as part of a conversation with your doctor when deciding is Botox® is right for you. Due to any number of variables the claims of this article may not be accurate for your situation. Call your friendly Lethbridge Dentists at Able Dental Group to learn more about cosmetic Dentistry treatments.

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