26 April 2011

    Q. I am a dental hygienist and I have recently trained to deliver botulinum toxin. The dentist I work for is keen for me to provide this treatment for patients in the surgery. If I do this under his prescription (exclusively for his patients) will I also be covered by his indemnity? If I also wanted to advertise my services to attract people who would like to receive the treatment in a local beauty salon, would my DPL membership protect me whilst doing this work?

    Dental Protection does not provide indemnity under your subscription as a hygienist member to undertake the provision of non-surgical cosmetic procedures using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, irrespective of where the treatment takes place.

    You most certainly will not be covered under the dentist’s indemnity provision and you need to make alternative arrangements to indemnify yourself for this type of additional activity.

    Why not contact our membership department for further advice prior to undertaking any such treatment? You can either contact them by emailing member.help@mps.org.uk or telephoning 08457 187187

    DPL has also published a position statement on the use of botulinum toxin in the dental surgery which you may find helpful.

    Dental Protection Limited (registered in England No. 2374160) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.


    Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS, with access to the full range of benefits of membership which are all discretionary and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company.


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