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Botox is 'frame you're putting around the canvas'

October 19, 2017

By  Michelle Manchir

Making a mark: Dr. Amy Maletz, center, draws on her "patient" Dr. Paul Bertolasio as Jane Bertolasio looks on during Botox Therapy for Every Dental Practice Wednesday. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Icing on the cake.

That's how Dr. Michael Troop, a Colorado dentist who Wednesday was one of the instructors of the full-day course, Botox Therapy for Every Dental Practice, described being able to offer Botox to patients in addition to oral health care.

"This is the frame that you're putting around the canvas," Dr. Troop said, noting that in addition to cosmetic results, Botox has therapeutic uses, such as treatment for orofacial pain, bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorders.

At the course, dentists and dental team members learned to integrate Botox procedures into their practice immediately.

Topics included anatomy of the oral/maxillofacial areas in the treatment of facial esthetics and pain, and proper dosaging, reconstitution and delivery techniques for precise Botox treatment. Instructors also discussed safety, contraindications, side effects, anatomy and delivery techniques for precise Botox treatment.

Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, led the course. He will also teach the related course Frontline TMJ and Orofacial Pain Trigger Point Live Patient (5205) today from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Building A, Room A302.

For Wednesday's course, participant Dr. Amy Maletz, an associate in an upstate New York dental practice, said learning to administer Botox is a way to potentially draw in new patients and offer a variety of services to them.

Additionally, "my staff is very eager for one of us to get this education so we can help them out as well."

Early in the day, Dr. Maletz said she'd already benefitted from a hands-on anatomy demonstration and learning the truth about some myths related to Botox.

She said she appreciated that course instructors included not just dentists but nurses and other medical professionals.

"It's good to see how it applies beyond dentistry, as well," she said.