Nevada Becomes First State to Allow Dental Hygienists to Use Facial Injectables

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From Dental Town

CLEVELAND—In a new advisory policy statement, the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners at their November 20, 2015 meeting has confirmed that Nevada dentists and dental hygienists who possess the necessary skills and training are now permitted to administer botulinum toxin (Botox/Xeomin) and dermal fillers.

Nevada dental hygienists may only administer facial injectables to patients under the direct supervision of a Nevada licensed dentist who has the same skills and training to administer facial injectables.  

“The bottom line is that Botox and dermal fillers are allowed within the scope of dental practice for use by Nevada general dentists and dental hygienists in the oral and maxillofacial areas for esthetic and therapeutic uses with appropriate training,” said Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. “Now Botox and dermal fillers in Nevada is just like any other area of dentistry and will be treated as such. Comprehensive training is essential for dentists and dental hygienists to be proficient in Botox and dermal filler procedures for esthetic and therapeutic facial pain uses which is what we teach in our courses and relates to 99 percent of these procedures done in the oral and maxillofacial areas. The AAFE is working with the dental board to create the proficient training curriculum necessary for dental professionals to use facial injectables.”   

Nevada now joins the vast majority of states that allow dentists to perform Botox and dermal filler procedures for all uses in the oral and maxillofacial areas.  Nevada also becomes the first state to allow the use of facial injectables by dental hygienists under direct dentist supervision.  

In addition, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) is presenting its first limited attendance Nevada live patient training courses for dentists and dental hygienists on January 28-29, 2016 and February 25-26, 2016 in conjunction with Cornerstone Esthetics.   For registration and more information about AAFE course offerings, visit Facialesthetics.org, email info@FacialEsthetics.org or call (800) 952-0521.

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