CDA has recently learned that the Dental Board of California has begun taking disciplinary action against dentists who are providing Botox/Dysport or derma filler treatments to patients for cosmetic purposes or teaching courses to dentists to do so.
California law, Business and Professions Code, Section 1638.1 states that only an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with appropriate training and a board-issued permit may provide elective facial cosmetic treatments. Though the permit requirement has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2007, the Dental Board reports that it still receives inquiries on the law and provides clarification for licensees on the homepage of its website.
TDIC has addressed this matter in the February article titled Use of Botox in dentistry is a fine line.
For more information or if you have questions regarding this topic, contact the TDIC Risk Management Advice Line at 800.733.0634.
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