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Presession course covers Botox in dental practice

New Orleans—Dentists who practice in states that allow them to administer Botox, clinically known as botulinum toxin, can learn more about its applications in dentistry by choosing a daylong education course, Botox Therapeutic for Every Dental Practice.

Dr. Louis Malcmacher and faculty members of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics will present this hands-on course (course 4101), jointly sponsored by the ADA and the AAFE. It will be held Oct. 30, the day before the opening of the ADA's 154th Annual Session, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

"TMJ, headaches and facial pain often frustrate patients and dental clinicians alike to the point where many dentists ignore these symptoms hoping they will just go away," said Dr. Malcmacher. "Many patients have mild to severe levels of facial pain, whether it is from migraines, stress, occlusion or TMJ dysfunction. This presents a diagnostic dilemma for most health care professionals. It is even more confusing when you treat the patient with conventional therapies and the pain still exists. This course will teach dentists how to properly treat the facial muscles with botulinum toxin for improved patient outcomes in facial pain treatment while balancing facial esthetics. The AAFE is proud to partner with the ADA on this presession course."

This anatomically based course will demonstrate, using live patients, how to use Botox for dental esthetic and therapeutic purposes in oral and maxillofacial areas as well as how to incorporate Botox use into the practice. Participants will learn to evaluate, treatment plan and inject live patients for best therapeutic outcomes; understand the anatomy of the oral and maxillofacial areas; and learn proper dosaging, reconstitution and delivery techniques for precise treatment.

"The Council on ADA Sessions has seen a lot of interest from ADA members on facial esthetics with Botox, and many of our patients are inquiring about it," said Dr. Gregory J. Peppes, 2013 program chair. "So, who better to partner with than the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, a leader in training dentists and all other health professionals in nonsurgical and noninvasive facial esthetic techniques with Botox?"

The course will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and break for lunch (lunch is not provided). Cost is $1,797 for dentists and $295 for team members. Attendance is limited. Visit ADA.org/session to register and find more information on this course or other Annual Session courses and events.