Continuing Education for BTX Administration

BTX treatment can easily be incorporated into the contemporary dental practice. In 2014, it was estimated that up to 16% of dentists were using BTX therapy for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.8

The American Dental Association offers courses in conjunction with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. The courses include 2 days of lectures and hands-on training.

Programs that educate oral and maxillofacial surgeons generally offer BTX training as part of the curriculum.

Most states allow dentists to administer BTX. In 2015, Nevada became the first state to allow registered dental hygienists to administer BTX, but they must be under the direct supervision of a dentist. Some states limit the dentist’s use of BTX to the orofacial area, and it must be used in conjunction with other dental treatment, not as a standalone treatment.

Others who may be able to administer BTX include:

  • Cosmetic Surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Medical Estheticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Registered Nurses

Because the medical and dental practice acts vary by state and are subject to changes, it is essential to check with the appropriate state board for verification of personnel legally allowed to administer BTX, under what conditions, and necessary education/training/certification.