Botox grows in popularity in Queensland

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Dr Myles Holt and patient
Dr Myles Holt believes allowing dentists to administer Botox for cosmetic purposes is good for both patients and the profession.

More dentists are embracing the opportunity to offer cosmetic facial injections as part of a ‘full-face makeover’, with dental surgeries on Queensland’s tourist strips reportedly embracing the service despite the disapproval of both the ADA’s Queensland branch and the Dental Board of Australia.

The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper reports that the Gold and Sunshine coasts are leading the way, while Queensland accounts for almost half the dentists nationally who have undergone training with advocate Dr Myles Holt.

Dr Holt told Bite earlier this year that he has set up lectures at several major institutions, including James Cook University and the University of Sydney, on the use of Botulinum Toxin in Dentistry. He has also launched the Asian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics to continue to develop the part of the dental industry to which his name is now permanently attached.

“Dentists are not trying to perform new or radical procedures here,” he said. “We are talking about procedures that are already used by lesser-trained individuals across Australia every day. What we are talking about is allowing patients to receive treatment from the most qualified and experienced health practitioners.”

Dr Damian Ryan, from Hastings Street Medispa and Dental on Noosa’s boutique Hastings St on the Sunshine Coast, told the Courier Mail that cosmetic medicine was a perfect fit with dentistry.

“When we fix their smile and they start smiling again they start noticing they have crow’s feet, so you need to look at the whole kit,” he said.

“Or you get people in with a face and lips that have been done but when they smile you notice they have old teeth,” he said.

“There’s no point spending all your money on the frame if you don’t have a nice picture to put in it.”

The newspaper pointed out that Dr Ryan employs a cosmetic nurse to do injections because dental authorities and the industry association do not support dentists doing the work themselves.

The Dental Board of Australia’s policy, supported by the Australian Dental Association of Queensland, only supports Botox to medically treat TMJ. ADAQ president Dr Andrew Wong told the newspaper the association would not support cosmetic injections unless the national board developed a new policy.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. quote ” Myles claims that “lesser trained individuals ” already perform Botox injections as a cosmetic procedure??? I would strongly doubt this claim and agree wholeheartedly with the ADA to not permit these procedures to be performed by Dentists. Dentists,if they do their work properly and adequately,should be working intra orally and embracing the view of ‘Oral Health’ and get busy treating gum disease,…a much forgotten, under diagnosed and under treated area in dentistry,rather than looking for ‘cosmetic work’ they are not qualified to do,even with a basic week end course/training. A Registered Nurse studies more Anatomy,Physiology,Microbiology ,Pharmacology etc than your average dentist…and they do not lay claim to be performing these cosmetic procedures( they do these under instruction by a Plastic Surgeon and the like)
    Rather than looking outside of their field,concentrate on the area they are supposed to be operating in. The links of perio to Systemic Disease are well established and require addressing,do yourself a favour,if you can’t do it ,at least get a Dental Hygienist to do this for you and lets see an item number( approach the ADA ? ) that reflects this treatment ( not a 114 ” Scale and Clean”)and then the practice can benefit and financially gain from this.
    Anonymous

  2. Well said “Anonymous” ! But is it possible that Botox reduces lip retraction so that the appearance of gum disease is not so obvious? Please pardon my attempted humour. Very sad that you must make such valid comment.

  3. Dear Anonymous,

    Unfortunately, you seem to be confused with regards to the levels of training received by Dentists versus Nurses. Indeed you overall comments are indicative of the only problem with this issue – that Dentists are not taking the time to fully research new advances in Dentistry prior to dismissing out of hand.

    I agree that these procedures are not suited to every dentist as some still prefer to view their patients as simply a set of teeth and gums, however it is the responsibility of every health practitioner to only ever make truly informed comment which your arguments lack.

    The fact you chose to remain anonymous also indicates that you are one of the majority of Australian Dentists who simply follow like sheep being told how to think by the ADA. The fact is, the ADA has NEVER said in any policy that they do not support these procedures and nor has the DBA.

    Perhaps if you really took the time to review the facts of the issue you may become one of the growing swell of Dentists who are placing better results for patients ahead of an antiquated mindset of what dentistry should be. But then, we’ll always need someone to treat the gums so maybe you’ll find a niche?

  4. “The ADA has NEVER said in any policy that they do not support these procedures” must be grossly misconstrued to infer that we “follow like sheep being told how to think by the ADA”. Lack of direction with regard to the cosmetic use of Botox will, no doubt, be addressed but surely “an antiquated mindset of what dentistry should be” must continue to include an ethical requirement to promote periodontal health as stated by “Anonymous”.

  5. Absolutely – but to talk about a dentists need to appreciate links to systemic health (which I whole heartedly support), while completely ignoring the soft tissues directly outside the mouth is the very odd.

  6. Dear Anonymous,

    When i was studying Medicine I had several good friends studying dentistry. Having done many anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology and pharmacology units WITH my dental friends, I can assure you that their knowledge in these areas far exceeds that of registered nurses.

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