Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Michigan Board of Dentistry without explanation recently removed from its website the Botox Statement it issued in February 2012.
The Journal published this statement as a service to members in 2012 and in its September 2013 issue. The September issue also contained a Questions and Answers document about the Board of Dentistry’s Botox Statement. This document had been sent to the MDA by the Board of Dentistry and consisted of answers to questions posed by MDA members after the 2012 release of the Botox Statement and subsequently forwarded to the Board of Dentistry by the MDA.
Both the Botox Statement and Questions and Answers document also were posted on the MDA’s website. They remain available on the MDA website to interested members.
The Board of Dentistry’s removal of the documents does not mean there has been a change in the law. Neither the Board of Dentistry’s Botox Statement nor the Questions and Answers have legal effect. They are not statutes or other rules, regulations, etc., that dentists are required to follow. Instead, they provide insight as to the Board of Dentistry’s views on the use of Botox in a dental practice.
The Botox Statement and the Board of Dentistry’s response to the MDA’s questions are documents that were produced by the Michigan Board of Dentistry, not the MDA. The Michigan Board of Dentistry is part of Michigan’s state government, housed in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The Board of Dentistry is not part of the MDA nor is it controlled by the MDA. The MDA published the Board of Dentistry documents, unedited, in the Journal and posted them online as a service to members, but is not responsible for the content within.
The MDA recommends that prior to using Botox in your practice you should consult both with your own attorney and malpractice insurance carrier.