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UW dental school adds hands-on neurotoxin training

May 29, 2015 The University of Washington School of Dentistry Class of 2015 dental students, on May 2, performed hands-on training with neurotoxin — the first time that the school’s undergraduate dental students received the therapeutic and aesthetic training as part of their curriculum.

The new training program is part of a restructuring of UWSOD’s curriculum and an effort to move towards a clerkship system with the goal of training a true “dentist of the future,” according to a press statement.

Dr. Mark Drangsholt, chair of the Oral Medicine Department, and Dr. Edmond Truelove were instrumental in developing the curriculum and implementing the use of a neurotoxin — Botulinum toxin-A (BTX-A) — as one of the therapeutics to treat myofascial pain and oromandibular dystonias. Other pilot studies at the UWSOD will soon begin investigating the efficacy of BTX to treat trigeminal and other neuropathic pain conditions.